Pregnant Pedestrian Killed by Police Officer in Fatal Crash
There are few motor vehicle accidents as devastating as pedestrian accidents, which are far more likely to result in fatalities than the average car crash. In one tragic recent example, a pregnant woman in Indianapolis was killed after being struck by an IMPD officer.
According to news reports, Officer Jonathan Henderson – a veteran of the local police department – struck 23-year-old Ashlynn Lisby with his car at around 9:45 pm May 6th near the entrance ramp to I-465 on South Harding Street. Although Officer Henderson attempted to provide first aid and called for backup from the IMPD, Ashlynn was critically injured, and both she and her unborn child were pronounced dead later that night. At this time, it’s unknown exactly what caused the crash.
At Wagner Reese, our hearts go out to Ashlynn’s family and loved ones in the wake of this horrific accident. Although the coronavirus pandemic has reduced traffic levels across the nation, early reports suggest that traffic and pedestrian fatalities have either stayed the same or increased due to reckless driving – and we are saddened to learn that this crisis may have led to more senseless deaths.
In 2019, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported the highest level of pedestrian fatalities in over thirty years, with at least 6,227 pedestrians killed in motor crashes. Most experts agree that the rise in pedestrian crashes is directly linked to distracted driving with smartphones. When you combine that with the recent uptick in reckless driving and speeding on open roads, its little wonder that officials are growing concerned about pedestrian fatalities.
While not all pedestrian accidents are avoidable, pedestrians should be even more careful right now given the COVID-19 pandemic. Our attorneys are here to help families file civil claims when they need compensation for losses, but we urge everyone to exercise caution and stay alert when walking along city roads: It could ultimately save your life.
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