Suspect detained, victim identified after fatal hit-and-run on south side

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2015) - Police arrested a suspect after a woman was struck and killed Wednesday morning during a hit-and-run crash on the south side.

It happened around 6:40 a.m. at Raymond and Shelby streets. Indianapolis Metropolitan police said the woman was crossing Raymond Street when she was hit. The vehicle that hit her then left the scene.

Police searched the area with a K-9 officer, who found a car matching the description of the vehicle involved in the crash. The car, a red Ford Mustang, had been parked and abandoned at a nearby business at 1900 S. State. The vehicle was towed and processed.

A short time later, police located a person of interest. They questioned Blake Cochran, 23, Indianapolis, and arrested him on a preliminary charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury. Cochran was taken for a blood draw, which is standard procedure in such cases.

"There are a lot stiffer penalties obviously for leaving the scene of an accident regardless of why you left the fact of the matter is you did," said Officer Chris Wilburn with IMPD.

The Marion County coroner identified the victim as Melissa Warren, 44.

Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477) or text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers may also contact the "Accident Investigation Section" at 327-6549.