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Pedestrian Hit-and-Runs Kill One and Injure Two

Jason Reese

Within the same 14-hour period, two separate pedestrian hit-and-run accidents have altered lives forever here in Indianapolis. A tragic accident on the west side on Wednesday evening has left a small child with serious injuries in an Indianapolis hospital. The Wayne Township Fire Department (WTFD) says a grandmother was pushing her two-year old grandchild across Fleming Street in the 4400 block of West Washington when a Chevy Silverado hit them and fled.

The accident happened around 5:30 p.m., and both WTFD and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department reported to the scene. The Chevy Silverado extended cab hit both the stroller and the grandmother behind it, and the child was ejected from the stroller. At this time, the child has been upgraded to stable condition at Riley Children’s Hospital but initially required lifesaving measures at the scene of the crash.

The vehicle is a black Chevy Silverado 1500 extended cab with a chrome front bumper. It is believed the truck may have gray trim on the lower portion of the body. After hitting the victims, the driver headed west and turned into a neighborhood on the north side of West Washington.

Less than 14 hours later, 89-year-old Horace Rounds was killed in a hit-and-run accident as he left Walmart early Thursday morning. The accident occurred in the 5500 block of North Michigan Road. The body of Rounds was not found for 2-3 hours, and the driver of the car fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing and police are asking for the assistance of anyone who was driving in the area on Thursday morning. They believe the involved vehicle is a green 1997-98 Ford Expedition or Ford F-150. The SUV or truck would certainly have front-end damage.

Police are asking anyone who saw either pedestrian hit-and-run accident or who has information about the vehicles or drivers involved in these accidents to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

Victims of Hit-and-Run Accidents Deserve Better

Leaving the scene of a pedestrian hit-and-run accident, especially when there is an injury or death involved is a terrible, cowardly act. Without stopping to assist, a driver cannot determine if another person needs help or medical assistance. Fleeing the scene of a crash may prevent the victim from receiving help in a timely manner and can result in an unnecessary death. Beyond that, it is actually illegal to leave the scene of an accident. In the case of a hit-and-run where a fatality is involved, a driver can be charged with a felony, resulting in a prison sentence and hefty financial penalties.

At Wagner Reese, we work with victims and the families of victims to hold drivers accountable for hit-and-run accidents. You may be entitled to significant damages that can provide financial stability during a time of great physical and emotional challenge. Call us today for your free consultation and find out how we can put our decades of personal injury experience to work for you: (888) 204-8440.

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