Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

October 3, 2013

Hit-and-run accident kills elderly man

Westside Flyer

Indianapolis metropolitan police officers responded to a hit-and-run accident Wednesday evening that killed an elderly man in a wheelchair.

The accident occurred about 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Traub Avenue and West Washington Street. Officers on the scene say they found an unresponsive adult male suffering from apparent trauma. He was rushed by EMS crews to Wishard Memorial Hospital in critical condition, where he eventually died. His name is currently being withheld to allow officials to notify family members of his untimely death.

Witnesses told police that as the victim crossed West Washington Street heading south, a white vehicle exited a nearby business at a high rate of speed and struck the victim as he approached the southbound curb of West Washington. After hitting the victim, the suspect vehicle continued east on West Washington.

Investigators later arrested 34-year-old Brandie Thompson of Indianapolis for failure to stop after an accident causing death, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license.

Police say an alert citizen took down the license plate immediately after the accident and provided that to investigators. An alert officer found the cream-colored 2006 Chrysler 300 that witnesses told investigators hit the victim. The vehicle had heavy front-end damage.