Man killed in south side crash; police search for driver who fled scene

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 11, 2016) — Authorities are searching for a man who fled the scene of a deadly hit-and-run crash on the city’s south side early Friday morning.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday along Norton Avenue, just east of Shelby Street and north of the University of Indianapolis campus.

When police arrived to the scene, they found a SUV that had crashed into a brick pillar. The vehicle sustained significant damage to the passenger side.

Police say three people were inside the SUV.  A passenger in the backseat, who was later identified as 39-year-old Ryan Ziemer, was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger was injured and taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Police said the male driver got out of the vehicle and ran off. Authorities are still searching for him.

Neighbors in the area described the scene.

“I heard what I thought was a thunder clap,” said Brad Voight. “I didn`t see anything and all of a sudden I get a call from the neighbor saying there`s a car in the yard.”

Residents in the neighborhood ran to the crash scene to help the woman still trapped inside.

“She couldn`t get out. She was pinned inside. The deceased guy was laying down all over her. She couldn`t move,” said neighbor Harry Stock.

Witnesses believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

“I could smell the alcohol from the vehicle and I had the family tell me they were drinking before they left the house,” said Voight.

“I seen one or two beer cans in the car when they had the door open on it,” said Stock.

Because the driver fled, police couldn`t confirm if the driver had been intoxicated.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

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