INDIANAPOLIS — A man was killed in a hit-and-run Sunday night after a car hit him while he was riding a bike on the city’s east side.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 63-year-old Willie Earl Bryant.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called around 9:30 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of Calhoun Street and S. Emerson Avenue on report of a person struck. This area is near S. Emerson and E. Raymond Street.
Upon arrival, IMPD said officers found Bryant, who was declared dead. IMPD crash investigators responded and the investigation is active, police said.
One driver says he saw a man lying on the side of the road and stopped to help.
“I saw a bike and then I saw him and thought this isn’t right. Nobody else was stopping to help, so I got out. He had barely a pulse,” said Samuel Weber.
Samuel called 911, but by the time police arrived, Bryant was dead on scene. Multiple witnesses agree Bryant’s bike was well lit before the crash.
“There’s no way the dude didn’t see him. He had flashing lights and a silver mountain bike. That’s first thing I noticed was his flashers,” said Weber.
“The strobe lights were flashing. He had strobes on the front and back and he still got hit from the back,” said neighbor Todd Washington.
Initial information shows Bryant was riding a bicycle northbound on S. Emerson Ave. when he was hit by a white Chevrolet pickup truck with a black flatbed that left the scene northbound on Emerson.
Bryant’s death marked the 18th fatal hit and run in the city this year.
Just 24 hours earlier, 67-year-old Emily Johnson was also killed in a hit-and-run while riding her bike near 32nd and Keystone.
“It seems like to me people as a whole are driving a lot faster and more aggressive and we just need to slow down,” said IMPD captain Don Weilhammer.
“For this happen so close to home, it’s sad,” said Washington.
Witnesses told police the suspect on Emerson was driving at a high rate of speed. Neighbors who live along the street say that is a common problem.
Neighbors wish the city would do more to try and improve the safety of Emerson.
“There’s not a lot of regard for speed on this street in the first place. After Raymond it’s a free for all with people going 60 plus,” said neighbor Chris Warren.
So far no arrests have been made from either of the weekend hit-and-runs.
Anyone with information on the Emerson incident is being asked to call Detective Anderson at (317) 327-3475. You can also make anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.