November 26, 2021

8-year-old dies in car crash on south side of Indianapolis

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, both adult drivers were under the influence of alcohol when the vehicles collided around 2 a.m. at the intersection of South Meridian Street and Troy Avenue.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, both adult drivers were under the influence of alcohol when the vehicles collided around 2 a.m. at the intersection of South Meridian Street and Troy Avenue.

An 8-year-old died Friday after a car crash involving two intoxicated drivers. Three other children were also injured in the crash that occurred on the south side of Indianapolis.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, both adult drivers were under the influence of alcohol when the vehicles collided around 2 a.m. at the intersection of South Meridian Street and Troy Avenue. One vehicle was a minivan with six passengers — two adults and four children, ages 8 to 16 years old, who were sitting in the back of the van.

One vehicle was traveling across traffic while the other was driving on Meridian Street. IMPD is still investigating what led up to the crash and which car had the right of way.

All four children were transported to a hospital. Two of them were in critical condition and the other two children were in serious condition. One child who was in critical condition later died at the hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle received minor injuries.

The drivers of both vehicles were arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Contact WFYI education reporter Elizabeth Gabriel at egabriel@wfyi.org. Follow on Twitter: @_elizabethgabs.

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