Police: 1 dead, 1 injured after man drives onto sidewalk

One person is dead, another recovering from his injuries after police said a man rushing to the airport struck them.

It happened in Fountain Square around 8:30 p.m, Tuesday.

Police said 20-year-old Joseph Anthony Scott Crandall was driving a red van when he turned onto South Prospect St from Shelby Street. He told investigators, he somehow jumped the curb on the left hand side and drove onto the sidewalk.

Police said that’s when he struck two pedestrians walking on that sidewalk.

One died on the scene, while the other, 35-year-old Aaron Schaler, was taken to Wishard Hospital in stable condition.

Crandall told police he had just eight minutes to get to the airport.

“There’s no way you’re gonna make it to the airport in eight minutes from this location… just know that you’re gonna be late and uh, deal with it that way,” said IMPD Officer Kendale Adams. “Certainly when we’re rushing and trying to get to another location and we have this type of result, it’s just tragic.”

Investigators don’t believe drug or alcohol played a factor a in the crash, but they took a blood draw from Crandall just to be sure.



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