Bicyclist critically hurt after being struck by car on southwest side


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indianapolis Metropolitan police are investigating after a vehicle struck a bicyclist along Kentucky Avenue near Rybolt Avenue on the city's southwest side Tuesday night.

The incident was reported just before 11:15 p.m. A car hit the cyclist, who went to an area hospital in critical condition. Witnesses told a FOX59 crew that the bike appeared to have rolled right in front of the car.

The driver of the car remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, police said.

The scene was poorly lit at the time.

“There are lights, but it’s pretty dark stretch through here. We had a pedestrian that was struck and killed probably two months ago just down the street," said Capt. Michael Elder with IMPD.

In February, a 35-year-old woman was hit twice and killed in the same area of Holt and Kentucky. Earlier this month, a woman was critically injured after stopping her car just south of the airport near Kentucky Avenue. A passing sedan hit her after she got out of her car.

Mayor Joe Hogsett's administration is phasing in a series of new streetlights. Taylor Schaffer, Communications Director for the Office of Mayor Joe Hogsett said two new lights were added in the area in August of 2016, one was placed east of Rybolt Ave. and the other was placed east of Collier St. along Kentucky Ave.

"Those two installations were based on community feedback," Schaffer explained in an email to FOX59, adding that there currently are no outstanding requests for additional lights for this area from residents.

The City's contract with Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) expires at the end of 2017. Right now, the Mayor's Office says its having conversations with IPL to update the city's street lighting infrastructure for the first time in 30 years.