INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A brother and sister are dead after a car accident on the city’s west side. It happened around 3 p.m. Sunday in the 8300 block of West Washington Street, just north of the airport.
Authorities say a 17-year-old girl was driving and her 13-year-old brother was her passenger in a black Honda. Both victims died at the scene. A silver Ford was also involved and that driver was taken to Eskenazi Hospital for a routine blood draw.
The wreck shut down the stretch of West Washington Street for hours, as investigators pieced together the accident. There is so far no word on a cause.
Moments after the crash happened, a woman from Plainfield said she stopped to help.
“That’s the natural instinct to see if you can help maintain lives and save lives,” said Toni Beall, who said she’s been a nurse for more than 30 years.
When Beall saw the crash, she tried to help out in what quickly became a hopeless situation.
“There was a gentleman behind me that was running with me,” said Beall, “and we went to the driver side…and checked for a pulse there.”
Beall said her first instinct was to be a nurse, and then to be a mom.
“And then the mother's instinct was to not let them feel alone,” said Beall, “that’s my main thing is for the family to feel that somebody was with them and provided comfort for them as they passed.”
As word of the deaths spread across the community, Wayne Township Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Butts released a statement, saying both were very active in their schools and respected by their peers:
It was with heavy hearts that the M.S.D. of Wayne Township learned of the passing of two of our students today as a result of an automobile accident. Both students were very active in their schools and respected by their peers. They exemplified the Wayne Westside Values and modeled the Wayne Habits of Success. We thank the Wayne Township Fire Department, Capt. Mike Pruitt, the WTFD Chaplains, and all the first responders on site for working with us to provide support to this grieving family. Counselors will be at their schools tomorrow to provide additional support for students and staff in need. The #WeAreWayne community is devastated by today's loss."
On Monday, the coroner identified the victims as Aaron Koffi, 13, and Alexandra Koffi, 17. Results of the autopsy are still pending.
"It has been a very difficult day in our district, but the efforts of our school counselors and staff have helped students and staff begin to cope with this tragic loss," said MSD of Wayne Township Chief Communications Officer Mary Lang.
Lang also noted therapy dogs have been very helpful in the healing process.