Woman, 53, dies following northwest side accident

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (May 20, 2014)– A woman has died following an accident on the city’s northwest side.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were called to W. 17th St. and N. Tibbs Ave. in reference to a serious accident just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

When officers arrived, inside a black Honda they found an unresponsive 53-year-old female.  After being pulled from the vehicle, the victim was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical condition where she was later pronounced deceased.

The driver of the other involved vehicle, a green Ford SUV, was slightly injured and taken to Eskenazi Hospital in good condition.  The driver of the green Ford has been identified as 46-year-old Jill Thomas of Indianapolis.

Investigators currently believe that the green Honda was attempting to make a left turn from 17th St. onto N. Tibbs Ave.  The green Ford was headed south on Tibbs Ave. approaching 17th St. when the collision happened.  Investigators do not suspect alcohol nor speed played a factor in this accident; however, because this is a fatal accident, the driver of the green Ford will be offered a standard chemical test to test her blood for illegal intoxicants.

No other injuries were reported as a result of the collision.

North Tibbs at West 16th Street was temporarily closed to allow investigators time to investigate but has since been reopened.