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Christmas Tragedies Strike

Steve Wagner

The holidays can be truly wonderful, but they also present some of the most dangerous driving days of the year. This year, Indianapolis saw a number of fatal accidents just before and on Christmas day. Though investigations are ongoing, it does appear that alcohol and illegal street racing played a role in the three accidents that killed six people, including two children and one teenager.

Street Racing Results in Death of Three

Just before the opening hours of Christmas Eve, a terrible accident occurred on South East Street near I-465 in Indianapolis. A family of three was traveling north on South East Street in their SUV when a Mustang speeding the opposite direction fishtailed, hit the median and flew into the SUV. The deceased are 59-year old Rogelio Legorreta, 52-year old Rebecca Rodriguez-Gomez, and a 12-year old girl, Jasmine Almay-Rodriguez.

Just moments earlier, the Mustang was sitting alongside a Corvette at a stoplight, both revving their engines noisily. When the light turned green, both took off in an illegal street race, with the Mustang edging ahead of the Corvette in a burst of speed immediately prior to losing control. There were four people in the Mustang driven by Connor Tomlinson, including a 10-year old girl. All four were taken to the hospital in good condition. There have been no arrests in this case.

Three People Dead in Two Christmas Morning Accidents

Around 1:30 a.m. on Christmas morning, a Crown Victoria and Ford F150 pick-up were involved in a fatal accident at the intersection of Georgetown and Lafayette Road. Police report that both drivers, 16-year old Tyler Penman and 23-year old Chazz Gardner were pronounced dead at the scene after one car t-boned the other on the driver’s side. The police report states that the fatal alcohol crash team has taken over the investigation, and it is believed alcohol was involved.

Just half an hour earlier, in the 3400 block of North Rybold, west of Lafayette Road, a Ford truck and Dodge Charger slammed into one another, coming to a stop in the yard of a home in the area. One driver was killed, and the other, 62-year old Charles Palmer, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death. We are monitoring these cases for updates.

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