INDIANAPOLIS — Criminal charges have been filed against a 68-year-old woman after she allegedly drove into protesters with her minivan on Monument Circle.
Diane Goebel, 68, is charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
Video shared by protestors shows at least three people bounce off the hood of a van driving through Monument Circle as a peaceful protest Monday night had begun to wrap up.
“A minivan came and thrusts through the crowd and people tried to stop it and they kept barreling through a mob of protestors,” said Mat Davis with Indiana Racial Justice Alliance.
Mat described his point of view on Monday. While video from the ground shows the moments after the crash, according to court records, surveillance video from Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) illustrates clearly what happened before the collision.
“The video shows there was an interaction between the van and the protestors where she was nudging the protestors out of the way and then there was an acceleration, which obviously put people at risk,” said Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears.
The suspect, 68-year-old Diane Goebel, declined to talk today on camera, but claims the protestors deliberately jumped on her van and after driving through the circle she stopped and called 911.
“It’s our position that what got the ball rolling was the driving she committed that put the protestors in danger,” said Mears.
Mears hopes the charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, which is a felony, sends a message to the community that you have to remain calm behind the wheel.
“I think the biggest thing is we all need to be mindful of one another,” said Mears. “You need to be patient and there may be inconveniences on the roadways, but you have to yield to pedestrians and give them the right of way.”
Because criminal charges were filed today, the suspect has not yet been booked into the county jail.