Driver accused of killing motorcyclist with SUV in 2013 and driving off requests public defender

Robin V. Ingram (Photo courtesy of Allen County Sheriff's Department)

A woman who’s accused of scrapping an SUV used in the death of a motorcyclist in 2013 at an Ohio chop shop has requested a public defender in her case.

Robin V. Ingram, aka Barbara Key, is charged with failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death, a Class C felony. Ingram, 40, of the 4500 block of Spatz Avenue, appeared Monday in Allen Superior Court before Magistrate Samuel Keirns to request a public defender. She’s scheduled to next appear in court June 4. She has been released on $10,000 bond.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday in Allen Superior Court, the following is alleged to have occurred:

Motorcyclist Jason Gnagey, 27, of Fort Wayne was founding lying face down near his Yamaha V-Star at 2:29 a.m. April 14, 2013, near the intersection of East Wayne and Clay streets. Rescue workers pronounced him dead at the scene, according to News-Sentinel archives.

Near Gnagey, police found a headlight lens with a code printed on it and broken pieces from a passenger-side left turn signal lens. Both were used on 1997-2002 Ford F150s and Expeditions. Investigators also found green pieces of plastic near a street light post that was struck.

A witness said he had been driving a block behind the motorcycle when a large green Ford SUV disregarded a traffic light and struck the motorcycle. The Ford driver slowed to about 10 mph, but when the witness stopped at the crash scene the Ford was gone.

Police got a list of 203 1997-2003 green Ford SUVs registered in Allen County. A check into the specific shade of green narrowed the list to 66 1996-98 Expeditions, including Ingram’s. Police examined all of them except Ingram’s.

Meanwhile, a man reported that a green Ford Expedition always driven by Ingram was last seen at her home at 12:30 a.m. April 13, 2013, and since the following day she was driving a brown car. On that April 16, Crime Stoppers received a tip that alleged that Ingram was the driver involved in the crash and had left the scene because she was drunk and high on cocaine. The tipster also alleged that Ingram was hiding the SUV in a garage on Smith Street.

The garage was empty and when police went to talk to Ingram at her home because she was on the list of owners of vehicles similar to what was used in the fatal crash she appeared scared. She explained that she was afraid of the police. She said she had loaned her vehicle to a man the previous April 9, but when police had her call the man’s phone number it was disconnected.

That April 19, a woman reported finding cut vehicle parts in the alley by her garage that investigators found had come from a Pacific Green Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer edition. Some of the parts had damage consistent with the fatal crash.

Police linked Ingram’s cell phone to a call made 24 minutes after the crash that came from a cell tower that served the area of the crash site.

On Jan. 3, 2017, a woman alleged that in 2014 she and Ingram were doing drugs at Ingram’s home when Ingram tearfully said she had struck a motorcyclist near Clay Street and left and then took her SUV to an Ohio chop shop where it was scrapped. The tipster said the home was on Capitol Avenue, but Ingram was living on Spatz at the time of the crash, which is also listed as her address in the probable cause affidavit.