Friends, Family: Hit-And-Run Victim Genuine, Loving

Family Plans To Donate Woman's Organs

Dozens of loved ones gathered at the scene of a hit-and-run crash Tuesday night to pray for the family of Amanda Tames.

Police said Robert Gaines, 52, struck Tames, 20, with a pickup truck as she rode on a mountain bike in the 5600 block of Gray Road on Sunday.

Tames was taken off a ventilator at Methodist Hospital early Wednesday. She had been kept alive so that her organs could be donated.

"I want everyone to remember her as a genuine, loving friend," said friend Krista Adams. "She was my best friend. She was always my best friend, and I just want her memory to live on."

Tames' father also addressed the crowd.

"Amanda touched so many lives," said Roger Tames. "We feel so blessed that so many family and friends are here to support us through this."

Tames, a 2008 graduate of Southport High School, was the editor of the school's yearbook that year.

"It's absolutely a tragedy that someone with such potential for leadership and good could have something like this happen at such a young age," said Sam Hanley, a teacher at Southport.

When the truck hit Tames, she was thrown 200 feet, and Gaines fled the scene, police said.

Police followed a trail of damage left behind, determining the type of vehicle involved.

They contacted Blossom Chevrolet, which provided information that led to Church Brothers Collision Center in Castleton.

Investigators said Gaines had taken the truck there to get it repaired.

Robert Gaines

"The part that we obtained from the scene matched up to the point that there were jagged marks and everything," said Indianapolis police Lt. Jeff Duhamell. "There was even an imprint … of a bicycle tire on the vehicle itself."

Gaines was arrested on a charge of failure to stop at an accident causing serious bodily injury, a Class C felony.

Police said Gaines told them he drank a Bloody Mary and five beers at a restaurant before he left at 8 p.m. The crash was reported at 8:15 p.m. Gaines was arrested earlier this year on a drunken driving charge, but was found not guilty. Instead, he was found guilty of public intoxication.

Gaines was held Tuesday in the Marion County Jail on $5,000 bond. He was expected to have a hearing in the case on Wednesday.