Pedestrian dead after south side crash involving IndyGo bus


Photo from scene of crash on October 18, 2019

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police are sending a reminder to pedestrians after an IndyGo bus struck a man this morning.

Police believe the man, 60-year-old Bobby Watkins was lying in the street before he was struck. What police haven’t said is whether he was dead before the bus hit him.

Southbound Madison Avenue was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash.

Police say the bus driver is cooperating, but there’s no other information they can release at this time.

Police know the streets can be dangerous when you mix cars and people; it’s why they advise pedestrians to stay alert.

“We would encourage people to use sidewalks when they’re available and not to be distracted by electronic devices and be aware of your surroundings,” Sgt. Grace Sibley said.

Police also want people to be seen by wearing bright colors or perhaps carry a flashlight. Also, if you have a little one with you keep a close eye on them.

“We would encourage you to hold their hands; to talk to them about traffic safety about how cars move fast and how they may not be able to see them because they are smaller,” Sgt. Sibley said.

IndyGo released a statement about this crash this morning, “Our sympathy is with the family of the south side pedestrian. As with all incidents involving and IndyGo bus, we will continue working with IMPD on the investigation. We have standard protocol with any driver involved in a crash or accident.There was one passenger on the bus at the time”.

A spokesperson says they have standard protocol with any driver involved in a crash or accident; which means the driver was tested for drugs and alcohol after the incident.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Witnesses say the entire situation is sad.

“When somebody dies you know it’s sad you know it affects us all,” Witness David Oakley said.

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