INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A suspect in a stolen car has left a huge void in the hearts of a local family.
George Porter, 79, was on his way to church Sunday morning when a stolen vehicle ran a red light and plowed into his car. Police were chasing the car because it matched the description of a vehicle taken during an armed carjacking earlier that morning.
Porter leaves behind a wife of 60 years, a son and several grandchildren. His wife was planning to attend church with him but she was running late so he left without her.
The accident happened at 16th Street and E. Riverside Drive, about an hour after the carjacking was reported to police. A sheriff’s deputy assigned to Eskenazi noticed a Toyota Camry with the same license plate as one reported stolen at gunpoint on the west side. The officer tried to pull the car over but the driver refused, forcing the deputy to lead chase.
Porter’s son said it’s clear the suspect acted recklessly. He hopes the suspect feels some remorse for their grieving family.
“No regards for nobody, taking what they want by any means necessary, that’s what they did,” said Jeffery Porter.
The stolen car traveled westbound on 16th while the deputy maintained a speed of 50 mph and called for back up. The stolen car ran a red light and hit Porter’s vehicle killing him. Police arrests the driver 19-year-old Troy Scott. He attempted to run from police and was attacked by a K9 officer. Officers found a large amount of cash on Scott. They also found a discarded .38 handgun on the sidewalk along Indiana Avenue, the same route used during the chase.
Two others were in the stolen vehicle. According to investigators additional arrests and charges are a possible. Prosecutors have yet to file formal charges against Scott.
FOX59’s Liz Gelardi talked with Scott’s aunt. She said the teen was always getting in trouble and she was forced to cut ties with him.
Police reports show Scott has a lengthy criminal past, dating back to age 12. He has been arrested eight times. Records show he shot his sister with a BB gun, brought a knife to school and was accused of trying to sell drugs at school. In one report Scott is accused of pointing a gun, possibly a .38, at someone’s head.