INDIANAPOLIS – A 7-month-old child was killed Tuesday night when his family’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle on the west side of Indianapolis.
Shortly before 11 p.m., officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were dispatched to West 38th Street and Commercial Drive in reference to a serious accident involving a hit-and-run vehicle.
When officers arrived, they found a compact car that had had a 7-month-old infant ejected from the vehicle’s rear passenger seat. Officers found the child near a guardrail.
The boy and his mother were transported to Riley Hospital for Children by EMS crews. The boy was conscious at the time but in serious condition. He died of his injuries later that night.
Authorities say the boy was in a child safety seat that was found still inside the family car.
Also injured were the boy’s father, who was driving, along with a teen-ager and a 3-year-old, who were both in the back seat. They were all transported to Eskenazi Hospital in good condition.
The family’s car was struck by a black Dodge that came to rest in a nearby ditch after the collision.
Witnesses told police that two males in that vehicle fled the scene immediately after the collision.
Witnesses also said that the Dodge was traveling in a reckless manner and at a high rate of speed on East 38th Street approaching I-65. Police say the suspect vehicle collided with the rear of the small compact car causing the compact car to spin and eject the infant.
Detectives from IMPD’s Traffic Investigation are conducting an investigation into the accident. The roadway was temporarily closed due to the investigation and clean up.
The identities of the victims have not been released at this time.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 9-1-1 or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 262-TIPS.