Fatal carjacking crash sheds light on police pursuit dangers

INDIANAPOLIS - The death of a man killed in a crash after a carjacking is bringing attention to the dangers of high-speed chases during police pursuits.

George Porter, 79, was killed Sunday when a carjacking suspect t-boned his car near the intersection of 16th Street and Riverside Drive. The carjacking suspect, 19-year-old Troy Scott, was being chased by an Eskenazi Health Hospital police officer.

Porter was on his way to church when his car broadsided, his son Jeffery said.

"He was a good man. He was my mentor and my backbone. Now, I got to try to find a way to survive without him," he said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that 360 people are killed each year in police chases.  As a result, the Indiana Metro Police Department, Indiana State Police and the Marion County Sheriff's Department Officer have more restrictive pursuit policies.

IMPD's primary criteria for pursuing a suspect is when a felony has been committed, is being committed, or is about to committed. 

ISP said their policy depends on the nature of the situation.

"Our pursuit policy is anytime they think it's out of control or that it doesn't warrant what we're doing, they're going to call it off," ISP Sgt. Rich Myers said.

A MCSO spokesperson said that the officer involved in Sunday's crash serves under the jurisdiction of the sheriff's department and that he followed proper pursuit procedures.

Meanwhile, Jeffery Porter questions whether there could have been other options that might have saved his father.

"Maybe they could have followed (the suspects) and set up a roadblock," he said.

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