Police: Child dead, 2 adults in critical condition after crash at crosswalk on Indy’s east side

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INDIANAPOLIS — A child is dead and two adults are in critical condition after a crash at a crosswalk on the east side of Indianapolis, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to Washington Street and Ritter Avenue, near George W. Julian School.

IMPD said a 7-year-old student at the school, the student’s mother and a crossing guard were taken to the hospital after being struck in the crosswalk. The child was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

On Wednesday, the county coroner’s office identified the child as Hannah Crutchfield.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash, and both drivers are cooperating, according to police. They were taken to the hospital for a standard blood draw.

IMPD says a preliminary information leads detectives to believe that just prior to the crash, the drivers of two vehicles were “involved in a disturbance” as they were traveling westbound on East Washington Street approaching North Ritter Avenue. One of the vehicles then crashed into an unrelated vehicle, which was traveling southbound through the intersection at North Ritter Avenue.

Police noted that several citizens stayed on scene to help render medical aid, even after officers arrived.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Detective Eric Snow with the IMPD Crash Investigations Office at 317-327-6549 or email him at Eric.Snow@indy.gov

George W. Julian School release the following statement Tuesday evening:

“We are saddened to report that during dismissal this afternoon, there was a motor vehicle accident involving  a student, an adult and a crossing guard. The incident is under investigation by the IPS Police Department and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

In support of our school family, the following steps are being taken for Wednesday, Sept. 15: 

  • Classes are canceled.
  • The school will be open beginning at 9 a.m. for students, staff and families that may need support from the Crisis Response Team. The response team will also be available the remainder of the week.
  • Pre-packaged breakfast/lunch meals will be available for pick-up from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

An updated message will be sent to families on Wednesday evening concerning the school schedule for the remainder of the week.”

IPS Superintendent Dr. Aleesia Johnson released the following statement:

“Our Indianapolis Public Schools family is devastated to learn about the tragic death of one of our students at George W. Julian School 57. We extend our love and deepest sympathies to the student’s family and loved ones. We are also hoping for a full recovery for the two adults involved in the accident.”

This story will be updated once more information is available.

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