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Wednesday, June 06, 2018 1:00 am

October trial slated in '13 deadly hit-run

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman who was allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash five years ago and then took her SUV to an Ohio chop shop to destroy evidence is set to stand trial in October.

Robin V. Ingram, 40, also known as Barbara Key, is charged with failure to stop after an accident resulting in death in the April 14, 2013, crash that killed motorcyclist Jason Gnagey, 27.

A witness told police a green and tan Ford SUV – the same type as a 1997 Ford Expedition registered to Ingram – ran a red light at Wayne Street, near Clay Street, about 2:30 a.m. and struck the motorcycle. Another witness, Annette Burnett, said Ingram confessed in 2014 to hitting a man on a motorcycle the year before and left the scene, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Burnett told investigators Ingram took the Expedition to a chop shop in Ohio but was not sure where it was located, the affidavit stated.

Prosecutors filed charges against Ingram April 12, a day after police tried to conduct an interview and were told to contact her lawyer. It is not clear from court documents why it took so long to charge Ingram.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull on Monday set a two-day jury trial to begin Oct. 31.

Police centered on Ingram as a suspect in the case after a headlight lens and other broken pieces found at the scene of the crash and later dumped in an alley were traced to a green Ford SUV, court documents said.

Ingram was interviewed by Fort Wayne police after the crash – though it is not clear exactly when it occurred – and she “appeared scared and was shaking,” the affidavit stated.

“She stated that she was scared of the police,” according to the document.  

mleblanc@jg.net