Police find silver van involved in fatal hit-and-run on west side

Search for driver in fatal hit and run
Pedestrian killed

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - As police look for the driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash, a candlelight vigil is being planned to remember the 22-year-old victim.

Ruben Denizard had just left the Conoco station in the 2500 block of W. Washington St. Wednesday when he was hit by a vehicle that crossed the center line.

Relatives of the native of Puerto Rico described Denizard as happy, grateful for the small things despite not having much in life.

His father wants the motorist held accountable.

“I really appreciate that you can help me find this man because it can happen to anyone,” said Ruben Denizard Garcia. “He should have stayed and faced instead of being a coward, but he just hit and run.”

13 Investigates obtained a copy of the video police are using to identity the driver. It shows the van strike Denizard as he stood next to his bicycle.

“My only boy that I had in my life. He was everything to me,” his father said. “Everything to me that I had. 22 years old.”

“It’s like my son,” said Shana Grever. She’s known the victim for several years and became like a mother to him.

“There was not a day that went by that he didn't thank us for taking care of him. He was so appreciative, ‘can I do something for you, cut the grass, take out the trash,’” said Grever.

Denizard was on his way home to grab a load of laundry to be washed at Grever’s house.

Grever told Eyewitness News that police told her they've found the van involved.

As family and friends help Garcia plan a funeral, they hope the driver is caught and punished.

“I want him to pay for what he did to my son. I miss my son,” Garcia said.

If you have information, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (317) 262-TIPS.

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