IMPD makes arrest following fatal hit-and-run in Broad Ripple

Monique Willis (Photo Provided By IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — An arrest has been made following an early morning hit-and run, which claimed the life of one woman.

Monique Willis, 28, was arrested by police after striking a pedestrian in the 800 block of Broad Ripple Avenue, just after 3 a.m. on Sunday.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Willis fled the scene immediately after striking the woman but was located several blocks away by officers and detained.

“Because of the impact and the way the girl was thrown she definitely wasn’t going the speed limit. She wasn’t going 20-25 miles per hour,” Landsharks General Manager Neil Campbell said.

Landsharks General Manger Neil Campbell’s bar is right next to where the young woman died.

He said his surveillance video shows Willis going at least 45 miles per hour.

“I have kids so it kind of hit me personally because you just see this person laying there. You know it’s cold and it’s wet. She’ just lying in the gutter,” Neil Campbell said.

Willis was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and leaving the scene of an accident.  A preliminary Probable Cause Affidavit has been sent to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, and the case will be screened for official charges.

Witnesses on the scene told police the female pedestrian who was struck on Broad Ripple Avenue had stepped into oncoming traffic before being struck by Willis. Police say EMS pronounced her dead on scene.

“It was definitely shock. I could expect someone to get hit down here with the bars and what not with all of the commotion, but to see somebody actually pass and not be alive anymore that was a shock for sure,” Witness Jonathan Lee said.

The Marion County Coroner will assisting and will determine the exact manner and cause of death. The MCCO will release the name of the woman once proper next-of-kin notification has been made.

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