INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An intoxicated truck driver ran a red light, crashed into a car, and then attempted to flee the scene, police say. Two people were killed in the crash.
At around 11:40 p.m. Monday, police responded to the scene at the intersection of East 38th Street and North Keystone Avenue.
Witnesses told police the pickup truck was heading eastbound on 38th Street when the driver failed to stop at a red traffic light. The truck t-boned a car traveling northbound.
A man and a woman inside the car died at the scene. They were identified as Nicolas Hatfield and Delaney Frye, both 23 years old.
Officers say the truck driver, later identified as 26-year-old Dataniel Shamaar Gilbert, fled the crash scene on foot, but he was apprehended about a block away.
Medics transported the him to Eskenazi Hospital with minor injuries.
A fourth person was injured by flying debris from the bed of the pickup truck. That person’s condition is unknown.
Gilbert is facing two counts of causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
This is not the first time Gilbert has gotten in trouble with the law while behind the wheel.
In March, Gilbert was charged with driving while suspended and unsafe lane movement. In May, he was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, operating a vehicle with alcohol concentration equivalent to .15 or more and driving while suspended. Gilbert was hit with another driving while suspended charge in June.