Three people dead in two separate car crashes Christmas morning

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  ( December 25, 2015) -- Two separate fatal accidents take three lives on Christmas morning.

Police are reporting that the first incident occurred just after 1:00 a.m. in the 3400 block of North Rybolt Avenue,  just west of Lafayette Road, while the other occurred at the intersection of Georgetown and Lafayette Road. Police report that two people died after one of the vehicles was t-boned in the driver's side.

"It is an awful thing anytime of the year, but on Christmas to hear that there was such a devastating and senseless thing happen is terrible. I'm sure there was probably  ways to avoid that. My heart goes out to their families," says neighbor Tracey Graham.

Witnesses who live near the crash in the 3400 block of North Rybolt Avenue say they woke up in the middle of the night after hearing the loud crash outside and saw a Ford Truck and Dodge Charger smashed together in the front yard of a nearby home. One person died in this crash.

"It was probably somebody who was speeding and they should have been taking their time," says neighbor Anne Walton.

Police arrested 62-year-old Charles Palmer for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death. Palmer also had an outstanding warrant.

"When you get into a vehicle and you knowingly drive under the influence, you are choosing to do that," says Graham.

A half hour later at the intersection of Lafayette  and Georgetown another car and truck collision. Police say the car was on fire. One man was lying in the road with no pulse, another was being dragged out of the flames. Both of those men died. A police report shows the fatal alcohol crash team has taken over the investigation.

"You drink...don't drive. It is that simple," says Graham.

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