Man accused of leading police on chase, causing fatal crash faces a dozen charges


Matthew Edmonds

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INDIANAPOLIS (June 12, 2015) – A man accused of stealing from a Beech Grove Walmart and leading police on a chase that led to a fatal crash faces a dozen charges related to the incident.

During a hearing Friday, bond was set at $250,000 for Matthew Edmonds, 21, Indianapolis. He was also advised of his rights and given court-appointed counsel.

According to police, Edmonds was behind the wheel when his SUV ran a red light and slammed into a pickup truck and car in the Fountain Square area Monday morning. He was trying to escape police at the time.

Donna Niblock, 63, died as a result of the crash. Her 11-year-old grandson was seriously injured and taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. LaDonna Rogers, 37, another passenger in the pickup, was also injured and taken to Eskenazi Hospital.

Edmonds faces three counts of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, one count of reckless homicide, three counts of driving with a suspended license causing death or bodily injury, three counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death or serious bodily injury, one count of theft and one count of failing to remain at the scene of a crash.

The pursuit began after police say Edmonds stole items from the Walmart in Beech Grove on Monday morning. A Beech Grove police officer tried to stop Edmonds, but he continued at a high rate of speed. The pursuit moved from Beech Grove Police Department territory into IMPD’s jurisdiction. Both departments called off the pursuit because of safety concerns.

Edmonds briefly evaded police, but IMPD officers spotted him. According to IMPD, Edmonds ran a red light at South State Avenue and East Prospect Street a minute later, leading to the fatal crash. He got out of his vehicle and tried to run away, but police quickly caught him.

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