Two arrested after southeast side hit-and-run crash

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INDIANAPOLIS — One person is dead following a hit and run crash on the southeast side.

Police responded to the intersection of Brookville Road and South Arlington Avenue around 3:15 a.m.

Once on scene, officers found a Ford Explorer and a white van with serious front-end damage in the intersection.

Medics pronounced the driver of the Explorer, Timothy Jacobs, 60 of Indianapolis, dead on scene.

Witnesses told officers the Ford Explorer was traveling northbound on South Arlington Avenue and, as it entered the intersection, it was struck by a white GMC van traveling eastbound on Brookville Road.

Officers quickly began a search for the occupants of the white van who, according to witnesses, took off on foot following the crash.

Within minutes, officers found one of the suspects a short distance from the crash scene.

A while later, officers found the second suspect near East Washington Street and South Arlington Avenue.

A witness identified the driver of the vehicle and police transported him to Wishard Hospital for a blood draw, which is standard procedure in a fatal crash.

Serafin Perez and Jorge Ortega

Jorge Ortega (left), Serafin Perez (right)

Police identified the driver of the GMC van as Jorge Ortega, 30. Ortega is currently charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, a Class B felony.

His passenger, Serafin Quiroz-Perez is preliminarily charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony.

Both Ortega and Quiroz-Perez were transported to the Marion County Arrestee Processing Center.

IMPD’s FACT team is responding to investigate the crash.