Death draws attention to dangerous intersection

FISHERS, Ind. – A third pedestrian death on the State Road 37 corridor in Fishers has local leaders warning residents who cross the roadway to be careful.

“It’s always a tragedy when anyone loses their lives when they are trying to use that facility from a pedestrian perspective,” Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said. “We’ve known that’s been an issue on the 37 corridor.”

The most recent tragedy happened earlier this week when 26-year-old Elias Rios Bonilla died while riding his bike across 126th Street and an SUV hit him.

Another woman died about a month ago while she crossing SR 37 at 131st Street. Last September, another woman was hit and killed while crossing 135th Street.

Currently, the corridor has poor lighting and no crosswalks, but improvements are on the way for the road. The City of Fishers is in charge of a road improvement project on SR 37 that when finished will make the road look a lot like Keystone Parkway in Carmel.

“And that’s why I’m so committed and so excited about the infrastructure improvements we are going to do along that corridor,” Fadness said.

However, Fishers residents have some time before those improvements will be made. Construction on the road isn’t scheduled to start until the fall of 2018.