Police: Hit-and-run driver drunk when he caused fatal church van crash

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A hit-and-run driver who police believe was drunk when he caused a church van to flip, killing the driver, has been arrested, according to a police report.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) records show Brandon Collins, 26, of Indianapolis, was arrested and preliminarily charged with Failure to Stop Resulting in Death and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Resulting in Death.

Police said Collins was driving his sedan on Emerson Avenue on Sunday before 8 p.m., when he ran a red light at 46th Street and drove into the path of a Jesus House of Light Temple van.

The church van then flipped, killing the driver, who was in his 50s, police said.

The police report showed two witnesses then saw Collins run away.

“He fled and the officers on North District set up a quick perimeter and he was found four to five blocks west of this location around 46th and Andover,” said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey.

While 18 people were on board the van, police said a 7-year-old survivor was the only other victim taken to the hospital in serious condition.  That victim’s condition was upgraded to “good” shortly thereafter.

As of Monday morning, a spokesperson told FOX59 News that 12 of the 13 victims taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health have been released.  One patient, who the spokesperson could only say is under the age of 12, remains hospitalized in good condition.

A spokesperson for Wishard Hospital said two patients were taken there in good condition Sunday night, but the representative cited privacy laws in stopping short of saying whether the patients remained hospitalized.

The Jesus House of Light Temple, which is located on North Illinois Street in Indianapolis, is holding a prayer service Monday at 5 p.m. at East 46th Street between Arlington and Shadeland avenues.