INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Pamela Grant sat in a hearing room on the third floor of the courts wing of the City County Building and forgave the young man sitting three feet away who admitted killing her daughter.
“I don’t know what you were doing that day,” she said, “I do appreciate that you turned yourself in.”
Corey Patrick was behind the wheel of a 1999 Chevy Tahoe that ran down Tanya Turman on March 26, 2015, near the intersection of Bolton Avenue and Staughton Drive on the northeast side.
Turman was walking to a bus stop and hung on for more than three weeks before succumbing to her injuries.
A surveillance camera caught images of Patrick’s SUV speeding away.
“Nothing he could say or anybody could say could take away the hurt that I have went through for 23 days and the hurt I am still going through,” said Grant after Patrick was sentenced to two years in prison for fleeing the scene of the crash.
Patrick didn’t speak during his sentencing.
“He’s remorseful. I can’t walk around with hate,” said Grant. “I’m a Christian and I do believe in God and maybe it was just her time to go and we never know how we’re going to go.”
Grant and her daughter vowed to work with lawmakers to develop stiffer sentences for hit-and-run drivers.
“I kind of feel bad for him actually and I told him I forgive him. I know it was a true accident but nothing’s going to bring my sister back,” said Latisha Croom. “The goal is to put the word out there so people can see how it just hurts people, it hurts people’s lives. Its not just them that they need to be thinking about. Its other people left behind.”
Grant said she has started a support group called Silent Angels to help family members of other hit and run victims.