A Portage man awaiting sentencing in a fatal hit-and-run has been returned
to jail after he was found to have violated the terms of his bond.
On Dec. 28, Reinaldo Figueroa III, 20, with a listed address of 2561
Hamstrom Road, was ordered taken into custody and transported to Porter
Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper did not, in her order, specify how
Figueroa violated “his pre-trial supervision order,” but when bond was
reduced in May 2012 from $75,000 cash or surety to $5,000 cash, Figueroa
agreed to a 6 p.m. curfew and to not leaving Porter County.
In November, Figueroa pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident
resulting in death, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight
years. Under the plead-and-argue agreement, the second count filed against
Figueroa would be dismissed: reckless homicide, also a Class C felony.
According to the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, at 8:20 p.m. April 2, 2012,
a female driver reported that she had run over a male subject lying in the
roadway on C.R. 700N. Franklin Ivey, 22, of Valparaiso, was pronounced dead
at the scene and investigators subsequently determined that Ivey had been
eastbound on C.R. 700N on his moped when he was rear-ended by a blue Subaru
passenger vehicle, police said. That driver of the Subaru then fled the
scene, leaving Ivey in the roadway, where he was later hit again by the
Investigators found the damaged blue Subaru a day later, on April 3, in
South Haven, traced it to Figueroa, and took him into custody.