Community mourns, prays for survivors in deadly church van crash

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Twelve of the 13 patients taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health after Sunday’s deadly church van crash are now recovering at home. The child who remains at Riley Hospital is listed in good condition.

A spokesperson for Wishard Hospital said two patients were taken there in good condition Sunday night, but the representative cited privacy laws in stopping short of saying whether the patients remained hospitalized Monday. Eighteen people, both adults and children, were in the van at the time of the crash.
The driver of the van, a 51-year old man and a church member, died in the crash. The van tipped over as an allegedly intoxicated driver blew through a red light and slammed into the van.

Officers arrested that driver, 26-year old Brandon Collins on preliminary charges of Failure to Stop Resulting in Death and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Resulting in Death.

Condolences are being posted on the Jesus House of Prayer Temple‘s Facebook page. Those who knew the victim describe him as an upstanding member of the church and as someone who was always excited for Sunday morning.

One person posted on the victim’s page, “As I read [through] the posts, my heart is heavy. Heavy for those injured in the accident, and the one soul who arrives tonight at Heaven’s gate. My heart is heavy for this Shepard who loves our Lord. Who boasted and loved his kids unconditionally. A tear is shed thinking of the encouraging words spilled on his page. Rest my friend, my brother, God is in control.”

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