Yesterday around 10 a.m., an accident at the intersection of Georgetown
Road and West 59th Street left a motorcyclist dead. Thirty-seven year old Michael Foree of
Indianapolis was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Detectives
believe an SUV was involved but are unsure if the motorcycle actually
collided with the other vehicle or swerved to avoid hitting it.
Investigators believe Foree was traveling south on Georgetown Road when
the SUV, heading north, attempted to turn west onto 59th Street. The motorcyclist was ejected from his vehicle, so in addition
to possibly being a standard hit-and-run accident, it is also possible
that Foree made a sudden maneuver in an attempt to avoid crashing into
the other vehicle and was ejected.
At this point, the investigation is ongoing and there have been no determinations
as to what role, if any, speed or other factors may have played in the accident.
Hoosiers Must Stop After an Accident
In Indiana, drivers must stop and speak to another driver after an accident,
even if no one is injured. The law also requires drivers to exchange license
and registration information. If someone is injured in the accident, others
involved in the accident must stay on the scene and provide reasonable
assistance to the injured until emergency responders arrive.
Failure to meet these obligations can result in criminal charges, ranging
from a misdemeanor all the way to a felony. If you do no stop in an accident
where there is serious injury to another person, you could be sentenced
to up to three years in prison and required to pay a fine of up to $10,000.
This is a clear-cut case where we all have responsibilities to one another
as members of our communities and our state. We can’t emphasize
enough the importance of complying with your legal obligation to stop
in the case of an accident. Not only does this keep you within the bounds
of the law, but you may also save a life.
If you witnessed the accident in northwest Indianapolis or have any information
about another vehicle or driver involved in the accident, please contact the
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department immediately. If you or a loved one were injured in a hit-and-run accident,
you may have a case against the other driver. The
vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese can help you recoup medical costs, loss of wages due to
missing work, and more. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for a FREE
consultation on your case.