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Arrest warrant issued for man charged in teen's hit-and-run death

Posted at 4:47 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 20:32:36-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man who is charged in the hit-and-run death of a teenage boy who was riding a motorbike on the north side of Indianapolis.

Timothy Poole, 30, was charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death or catastrophic injury for allegedly hitting 14-year-old Luis Daniel Patino Ortega on Sept. 11 in the 2200 block of West Coil Street and leaving the scene. Marion Superior Court issued a warrant for Poole's arrest Thursday.

Patino Ortega's mother, Maria Guadaple Ortega, said her son left to run an errand for the family. Minutes later, a man came home and told them Patino Ortega had been hit.

Patino Ortega was riding his motorbike when a black 2007 Audi A4 allegedly driven by Poole hit him from behind. The car came to a stop approximately 50 yards east of the collision and the driver fled the scene on foot, according to court documents.

The documents say a woman called 911 later in the evening to report her vehicle, a black 2007 Audi A4, was stolen from her apartment complex about nine miles away from the crash site in the 6700 block of Winnock Drive. When she was interviewed by police, however, the woman began crying and said she let a man she had been dating, Poole, take the vehicle.

Around 7:50 to 8 p.m., the documents say Poole called the woman and said he had "gotten in a wreck and hit a boy." The woman said Poole told her, "I ran, I had to run. This is real. Don't fold on me."

A detective served a search warrant on the Audi on Sept. 12, and collected the steering wheel airbag, driver side curtain airbag and personal items that included a shirt, sandals and a drink, which were taken to the IMPD Property Room for DNA testing.

The document also said two anonymous tipsters provided information that matched Poole's description.

The detective reviewed phone records that placed Poole within one mile of the crash site and showed calls he allegedly made to the woman who owned the Audi.