Police: Driver involved in fatal church van crash had 0.20 BAC

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INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 6, 2013) – A man accused of causing a fatal accident and then leaving the scene had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit, according to court documents.

Brandon Collins, 26, faces three felony counts in connection with the Sunday night crash that involved a church van and killed 51-year-old Edward Sadler.

According to documents filed Wednesday, the charges against Collins are failure to stop after accident resulting in serious bodily injury while intoxicated, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or greater. All the charges are felonies.

A blood draw showed Collins had a blood alcohol content of 0.20, more than twice the legal limit to drive in Indiana.

The accident happened around 8 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of East 46th Street and North Emerson Avenue. Police said Collins blew through a red light in his Honda Accord. The church van from Jesus House of Prayer couldn’t avoid the resulting impact, investigators said.

Sadler died at the scene. Nearly a dozen other people on the van were hurt.

Witnesses told police that Collins tried to hitchhike after the crash to get farther away from the crash scene. When police took Collins into custody, he repeatedly said that he “hoped everyone was okay” and “hoped that no one was seriously injured.”

Police noticed “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from Collins. They also said he exhibited slurred speech and poor balance. When police asked for details about the crash, Collins “stated he didn’t know he was in a crash,” according to the probable cause affidavit.