Two people killed, 1 injured in series of accidents involving pedestrians in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 29, 2015) – Police had a busy weekend investigating three separate incidents where pedestrians were struck by cars, killing two people. Investigators are also troubled by how many drivers are leaving the scene after an accident.
“We want people to understand that if you remain on scene and you do the right thing, then if it’s an accident, it’s an accident,” said Officer Chris Wilburn with IMPD.
Brogan Corya Price, 23, remains in the hospital after a hit-and-run accident on Saturday, June 27. Police reports show a car struck her near Meridian and Georgia streets around 3 a.m. The driver took off, but officers were able to pull her over near I-70 and Harding.
A little more than 24 hours later, police investigated another hit-and-run accident. Officers responded to Kessler and Crestview, after a man was found in the street on Sunday, June 28 at 3:49 a.m. The man was later identified as 27-year-old Thomas Abell. Police are still looking for the driver and do not have a description of the vehicle.
“This is where we rely very heavily on our community, we are asking you to provide information to us and we will follow up on those tips,” said Officer Wilburn.
Neighbors in the area said they recently signed a petition asking for sidewalks. The locations of both deadly weekend accidents lack sidewalks or crosswalks.
A man was killed late Sunday night at Georgetown and 79th. The driver involved in the accident remained at the scene.
A group called Health by Design is currently studying infrastructure needs in Indianapolis to determine where sidewalks should be installed. The organization is also looking at accident information to identify and target dangerous areas.
“We know that we have critical need for more infrastructure for more infrastructure for walking in this city, we just don’t have it in all of the places we need it, we don’t have it around a lot of schools, we don’t have it around many of the destinations where people want to go,” said Kim Irwin, executive director of Health by Design.
So far this year, statistics from IMPD show at least 250 hit-and-runs, where someone was injured. Officers are being told to crackdown on speeding drivers in an attempt to curb the number of accidents.