INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two Ben Davis High School students died after a rollover crash on I-70 near downtown Indianapolis Tuesday night.
Police say five people were ejected from the vehicle near Harding Street on the near west side. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene around 9:15 p.m.
Authorities pronounced 18-year-old Brandon Gross dead at the scene.
The remaining four occupants were transported to local hospitals, two of which were transported to Eskenazi in “very serious condition,” according to police. The other two were transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical condition.
The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Taylor Parsons, later died from injuries suffered in the crash.
Both Gross and Parsons attended Ben Davis High School, officials from Wayne Township Schools confirmed. The district released a statement about their deaths:
The MSD of Wayne Township is heartbroken over the loss of two Ben Davis High School students in a fatal accident Tuesday night. This loss will be felt by our entire community. Grief counseling will be available for students and staff at Ben Davis.
Police say the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed in the far left lane of I-70. The vehicle made a last-second maneuver across all three lanes, in what police believe was an attempt to exit on Harding Street.
Sgt. John Perrine with Indiana State Police said the Nissan Pathfinder slid into the grass and rolled four or five times before coming to a rest on its side. The officer says the occupants were not wearing seat belts.
“This is a horrific crash that is going to impact a lot of lives,” said Perrine. “Seat belts would’ve saved some lives tonight.”
Police are looking into the possibility of another vehicle being involved. They say a vehicle may have been chasing the Pathfinder after an incident at an area park.
Police are asking for anyone with information about the crash to call State Police at 317-899-8577.
TRAFFIC AUTHORITY ALERT: Right lane of eastbound I-70 closed near Harding Street due to crash. Expect delays near mile marker 78. pic.twitter.com/8qDm1HdzA6
— Traffic Authority (@indy_traffic) April 19, 2017
I-70 EB will remain open at Harding, ramp is closed. 1 confirmed deceased, 4 others ejected & sustained serious injuries. No seat belts used pic.twitter.com/MlBHE21bVw
— Sgt. John Perrine (@ISPIndianapolis) April 19, 2017