Indianapolis—UPDATE: An 81-year-old woman who was killed in a hit and run crash Sunday afternoon has been identified as Lola Herman, a woman who was a longtime volunteer at Riley Children's Hospital, an active member of the Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and the Jewish Community Center (JCC).
Herman was a "dedicated and beloved" volunteer at Riley. According to a statement from Riley, Herman had been a volunteer for nearly 24 years. She was also a trainer for volunteers in the Riley Infant Unit.
Riley Hospital describes Herman as the "quintessential volunteer." She was someone who was friendly and always willing to help.
"We are heartbroken by this loss and she will be greatly missed."
Herman died from injuries sustained in a hit and run crash that occured Sunday at the intersection of West 16th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
Police say the driver of the vehicle, Roger Ordonez, ran a red light possibly while racing another vehicle. Police say the impact sent Herman's SUV onto the sidewalk and into a pole.
Witnesses told police Ordonez got out of his jeep and jumped into another car and left the scene. He was arrested at his home in Lawrence. Police believe he'd been drinking at the time of the crash.
A Lawrence man is behind bars for leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Police say shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, a Jeep driven by Roger Ordonez, 37, ran a red light at 16th Street and Martin Luther King Junior Street. The vehicle slammed into a Saturn SUV driven by Lola Herman, 81, of Indianapolis.
Police say the vehicles didn't appear to be speeding, but the impact sent the Saturn onto the sidewalk and into a utility pole. The Jeep was spun around as well.
According to investigators, Ordonez exited the Jeep and got into a nearby black Ford Expedition driven by another man.
Herman was transported to Methodist Hospital, where she passed away shortly before 4 p.m. IMPD's fatal accident crash team tracked down Ordonez at his home in Lawrence.
Police tell Fox59 they found beer cans inside Ordonez's SUV and believe he was drunk at the time of the crash.