IMPD investigating fatal crash on city’s east side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis police are investigating a fatal crash on the city’s east side.

Officers were called to the scene near the intersection of E. 10th St. and N. Emerson Ave. at about 5:30 p.m.

IMPD says two vehicles were involved, one of which caught on fire as a result of the collision.

FOX59 spoke with Theresa Sanders Flaherty.  She is a former EMT who works at a nearby pizza place.  She and her husband heard the crash, and came out running out with a fire extinguisher.  She says they tried to save the woman by ripping off the door, and trying to pull her out, but she says the women was pinned.  Theresa tried to get her out from the other side, but she says the flames were too intense,  and she began to fear for her own safety.

“I’ve been an EMT since 9-11, and this is the worst thing I've ever seen, and it breaks my heart for the family," Sanders Flaherty said,  "I want the family to know that we tried.  My husband , my driver, myself, we tried, we just couldn't get her out and I feel so bad.”

Another woman, Audrey McAlister, says she is the driver of the other vehicle in the crash.  She says the woman who died struck her car from behind.  McAlister says she was turning in the left lane on 10th street, when the woman tried to split the two west bound lanes on 10th street at a high rate of speed.  She says the woman's car bounced off the back of her SUV, and spun into the tree catching fire.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.