Man critically hurt after being struck by vehicle following northwest side crash

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man was hit by another car after crashing his own car on the northwest side early Wednesday morning.

Officers say the driver was in a white Pontiac heading east on West 56th Street on the Eagle Creek Reservoir bridge, when he crossed the center line, went over the median and bounced off the rail on the opposite side of the road around 2:30 a.m. The car came to a rest back in the median area. Officers say the driver got out of the car.

A witness saw the smashed car and got out to check on the driver. He says he was talking to the driver when another car came along 56th Street.

“I’m heading east on 56th Street, I notice this car is totaled, pretty much just stop to see if he was alright,” said witness London Behrens. “[I] got out, started talking to him, turned around, saw another car coming. I jumped out the way, and saw him get struck," London Behrens said.

Behrens called 911 and stayed at the scene.

Zay Boyd, a witness who was riding in the car that hit the man, said it was dark outside and the car didn’t have its headlights on because of damage from the initial crash.

“We were just coming down the street, pretty dark road [and] didn’t see the car until the last second,” Boyd said. “[We] tried to avoid the car, then the guy – London – had jumped out the way. The driver of the car just got out and ran into the middle of the street into traffic.”

Police say the driver who was hit was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical but stable condition. Officers believe speed was a factor in the initial crash and they're investigating the possibility of alcohol being involved.

The driver of the second car wasn’t hurt and police believe the crash was an accident. Still, a blood draw is being performed, which is standard procedure.

The incident remains under investigation.

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