Family members say they don’t blame police for crash that killed Noblesville father and son
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Members of a Noblesville family will speak out Thursday after the sudden weekend deaths of their loved ones in a violent crash.
The crash happened Saturday night at the end of a police pursuit in Anderson. Dan Oberhart, 53, and son, Riley, 24, were killed. Officers were pursuing a suspect who’d robbed a Pizza Hut at 2607 Nichol Rd. just after 11 p.m.
The suspect, Gary Agnew, 55, was trying to get away when his car hit the vehicle carrying the Oberhart family head-on. Dan Oberhart was pronounced dead at the scene. Riley Oberhart was flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital and died from his injuries. Agnew was also killed.
Dan Oberhart’s wife, Kathleen, 50, and daughter, Macy, 14, were seriously injured. They were initially treated at an Anderson hospital before being taken to Indianapolis. The family had been out celebrating Macy’s 14th birthday.
Dan Oberhart’s brothers, Darrin and Dave, joined Kathleen Oberhart’s sister, Kelly Meyer, to provide an update on the recovery of Kathleen and Macy. The family said Kathleen’s injuries were more severe. Both are steadily getting better but face a long road to recovery.
The family admitted the tragedy still hasn’t hit them.
“We’re still in shock,” Darrin Oberhart said.
The family also said there’s evidence that Riley shielded his sister from the impact seconds before the crash and died a hero. The brother and sister had a close relationship, and Riley’s actions didn’t surprise them.
They put the blame for the tragedy squarely on Agnew.
“I was informed that the pursuit was called off prior to the traffic accident. My perspective on that whole situation is that the police were doing their job. They were doing what they had to do. Regardless of whether the pursuit was called off or not, the fault lies with the suspect and no one else,” Darrin Oberhart said.
The family said they’ve received an overwhelming amount of support and have leaned on each other to get through a difficult time.
“We find our support within the love of our entire family and extended family and friends. The outpouring of support has been phenomenal.”
“We have to let (Kathleen) know that she’s not by herself. The family’s always going to be there for her. (We’re) a phone call away,” Dave Oberhart said. “We’re all close-knit. When something happens, everybody comes around. She’s not alone.”
Still, the family knows they have plenty to worry about.
“The medical bills are going to be horrendous,” said Kelly Meyer. “With Kathleen not having any other family right here in Indianapolis, we’re going to need a lot of support from neighbors and figure out how family can be here on a more ongoing basis to help them through their recovery.
The family said the best way to help is through a GoFundMe page set up to help with arrangements and medical bills.