IMPD locates van involved in fatal hit-and-run, suspect still at large

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Investigators have located the silver van involved in a fatal hit-and-run on the city’s west side, but police still need help tracking down the driver who killed Ruben Denizard.

"He was the only boy that I had in my life. He was my only son," said the victim’s father, Ruben Denizard Garcia.

Garcia says he heard the impact of the crash that took his son's life. The hit and run happened right outside of his house on West Washington and North Addison.

“I was in my kitchen getting a glass of water and I hear a noise…like boom,” said Garcia. “It was so fast."

Family members say Ruben was sitting on his bike talking to a friend when a car veered into oncoming traffic and struck him. A surveillance camera at a business about a half a block down from where Ruben was first hit captured the suspect's 2004 silver Honda Odyssey driving past just seconds after the young man was struck.

“I want him to pay for this,” said Garcia.

A few minutes after the hit and run, police say someone called 911 to report the suspected vehicle stolen. That call led investigators to a home on the west side to question potential witnesses.

“When you hit him, you took not only a piece of me but all of us. You took an innocent life,” said Shana Grever.

Grever says she was like a second mother to Ruben and believes that police are one step closer to justice for a loved one who was taken too soon.

“Please come forward. It is not going to bring Ruben back…but come forward,” said Grever.

Although police found the car involved in the fatal crash, they still need information from witnesses who could help solidify the case. If you have information, call IMPD or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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