1-year-old boy dies, 9-year-old sister seriously hurt in hit-and-run crash on near southeast side

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INDIANAPOLIS – A 1-year-old child died and his sister was seriously injured in a late night hit-and-run crash on the near southeast side.

According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, the crash happened around 10:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Nelson Avenue.

Neighbors here on nelson avenue heard a deadly collision and called police.

“My husband and I were getting ready to go to bed and I heard a big thump. I came out to check it out and the child was laying in the middle of the road,” said one neighbor Elizabeth.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 1-year-old Eli Anders.

Police believe 1-year-old Eli Anders accidentally ran into the street and when his older sister tried to stop him they were both hit by a driver that sped away from the scene.

Both children were taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, where the 1-year-old died from his injuries. The 9-year-old has stabilized at the hospital, police said.

The family had only moved to the neighborhood a couple of months ago, but everyone on the street is saddened by the death.

“Man that poor little boy. I don’t know even know what to say about it. That’s sad. I told them to stay out of the street several times,” said neighbor Edward Finley.

Both Edward and Elizabeth agree people often drive down the residential street at reckless speeds.

“Oh Lord. It’s a race track.  I was wanting to put a pole here and here and say this is not a race track,” said Finley.

“We need them to slow down and show respect for the families around here,” said Elizabeth.

Multiple neighbors insist they reached out to the Mayor’s Action Center to report the problem two years ago, but didn’t notice any changes made to keep the street safe.

“We told them someone was going to get hurt or get hurt bad if not killed and they seem like they just didn’t care or something. I don’t know because nobody’s ever been out here,” said neighbor Tracy Kennedy.

For their part, police couldn’t say if speed was a factor in Wednesday night’s crash, but officers are working hard to track down the driver who sped away.

“Unfortunately, people drive ridiculous all the time,” said IMPD Major Harold Turner. “It’s preventable.  It’s reckless and preventable and it’s just a shame.”

So far no arrests have been made, but anyone with information on the case is still asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area between 10:20 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to come forward with any information they may have.

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