Coroner identifies pregnant woman killed in east side crash; police searching for driver

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police want to find a driver who left the scene after a crash that killed a pregnant woman early Wednesday morning.

The accident happened at East New York Street and North Bradley Avenue. Family members said the victim is 23-year-old Antoinette Johnson, who was seven months pregnant.

Johnson’s mother said her daughter leaves behind three other children.

Yellow crime scene tape tied around a pole remained Wednesday afternoon at New York and Bradley. Daylight brought a clear street, but it was a different story on Wednesday morning, just before 6 a.m.

“It’s a shame somebody had to lose their life,” said Patricia Vernon.

Vernon lives at the corner where the Chevy Monte Carlo hit a fire hydrant and then ended up flipped.

Police said they believe the driver left the scene. They detained a passenger in the rear of the car. Johnson was in the front passenger seat and was fatally injured.

Sources indicated that passenger did not provide much usable information to investigators.

“I wish somebody would turn them in,” said Vernon.

Latasha Johnson said the woman who died on scene was her 23-year-old daughter Antoinette.

“A friend of mine around the corner came and told me that my daughter had just gotten into a car accident and told me the car accident was on New York, and this is where I came,” said Johnson.

Johnson said her daughter was seven months pregnant and expecting a baby girl. She had three other children.

“She was seven months pregnant, and she was going through problems with her kids, trying to get her kids back and stuff, and my sister had just got her kids and stuff, so now I just don’t know what to tell my grandkids now,” said Johnson.

Johnson said she doesn’t know what her daughter was up to Wednesday morning, but she’ll have to inform three children that their mother won’t be coming home.

“I have not a clue what they were doing early this morning,” said Johnson, “I really don’t know what to do right now.”

Police said Wednesday morning alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Later Wednesday, investigators said they aren't sure what role drugs or alcohol may have played in the crash.


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