Woman killed on bike identified as Wayne Township kindergarten teacher
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A woman who was struck by a box truck while riding her bike on the south side of Indianapolis yesterday has been identified as Erika Wells, 38. Wells was a kindergarten teacher at Rhoades Elementary School, according to Mary Lang, Chief Communications Officer at MSD of Wayne Township.
Lang released the following statement Thursday morning on behalf of the school district.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Rhoades Elementary kindergarten teacher Erika Wells. Erika was an amazing educator at Rhoades Elementary School, and made a significant impact on the students who were fortunate enough to have her as a teacher during the last 15 years. She will be greatly missed by her students and fellow staff members. Grief counselors are available at Rhoades Elementary Thursday for the school’s staff and students.
The fatal crash took place Wednesday morning on the city’s south side along State Road 37.
The accident shut down 37 for several hours and left neighbors saddened.
“I think it’s a terrible tragedy. I feel bad for both of them. They’re both victims really. One lost their life and the other has to live with that,” said neighbor Sandy McCloskey.
After the fatal crash, police say the truck driver stayed on scene to answer questions and investigators could not say exactly why the accident happened.
Police say the driver is cooperating and right now the case does not appear criminal in nature.