Person struck, killed on west side of Indianapolis

Photo from scene on October 12, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man was killed after being hit by an SUV on Indy’s west side.

It happened just before 5 a.m. in the 7800 block of West Washington Street near Hoffman Road, right by the airport.

Police tell us the driver immediately called 911 and stayed as a witness in the investigation.

They also say no citations were given and alcohol is not suspected.

The driver told investigators that the man was in the middle of the street.

“It’s unknown at this time if they were crossing the street or if they were actually walking in the middle of the road,” says IMPD spokesman Michael Hewitt.

He says there are things drivers can do to avoid similar accidents. Those tips include staying aware of your surroundings, avoiding distractions, and looking ahead.

“The unfortunate thing is that sometimes things happen so fast they are unavoidable,” says Hewitt adding, “It’s a tragedy when that happens and anytime we have loss of life in our city.”

This is the sixth person struck since Tuesday, October 2 in Marion County, and it’s the fifth fatality.