INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 28, 2015) - Cars whizzed by on Kessler Boulevard and Crestview Avenue on the city`s north side Sunday afternoon, just a few hours after a man was struck by a car and killed in yet another hit-and-run incident. The call came through around 4 a.m. Police found the victim lying in the street and pronounced him dead at the scene. He was later identified as Thomas Abell, 27, of Indianapolis.
“If you obviously hit someone, you stop. But this individual felt that as if fleeing was the appropriate course of action and this is where we are,” says IMPD Officer Chris Wilburn.
Neighbors who live near the scene of the hit-and-run on Kessler say there are several accidents that stem from people driving over the speed limit.
“The road goes from wide to narrow and people do not realize it, and they are going too fast. It is not that safe," says neighbor Adam Issacson.
Another hit and run happened Saturday around 3 a.m. Twenty-three-year old Brogan Price Corya was hit while crossing the street near Georgia and Meridian. Police say the driver, 20-year-old Shyann Thompson, took off in her Black PT Cruiser. A witness yelled out the car`s description to an officer, and Thompson was arrested just minutes later. An officer says Thompson appeared to be high, listing in his police report that he could smell marijuana in the car. Thompson`s grandma tells us it was an accident - and says the 20-year-old feels terrible is praying the victim recovers quickly.
“It was an accident, purely an accident. My granddaughter did not mean to do anything wrong.”
Police say if you hit someone, leaving the scene only makes it worse.
“What we want people to understand is, you made a mistake, stay put, own it, and let us as a law enforcement agency and a community at large address those issues,” says Wilburn.