Nurse recounts trying to save life of hit-run victim

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is looking for the driver who hit and killed a pedestrian downtown, leaving a 55-year-old man lying in the street Monday morning.

The accident happened around 3:15 a.m. Monday, north of the intersection of 21st and Meridian streets. A nurse passing by stopped and tried to help the man lying in the northbound lanes of Meridian Street.

“I mean, if you see somebody down, try to help them,” said Kelsey White.

White is a cardiovascular nurse at Methodist Hospital at I.U. Health. She said she and a friend were heading home after spending a few hours downtown after attending the Colts game against the Broncos. She said several cars in front of them suddenly started swerving.

“We were like ‘It looks like there’s something in the street,'” White told Fox59. “We thought it was just a bag or something.”

But when she realized it was a man with severe head injuries, White told her friend to stop the car. White said the man had a weak pulse when she started performing CPR, but despite her efforts and those of others who stopped to help, the man was dead a few minutes later.

“We didn’t sleep very well last night,” White said. “It’s one of those things you keep thinking about.”

IMPD investigators don’t have much information to go on. Witnesses said the car that hit the man may have been black or silver and it may have been a Dodge. There were no skid marks at the scene and no debris from the vehicle. They’re asking anyone who saw anything to call them.

“People going to a body shop to get their cars fixed or looked at, anything like that can help,” said IMPD Officer Chris Wilburn.

The 55-year-old man who was killed is well known by police officers. He has a long arrest history related to public intoxication. Investigators believe he was homeless.

It’s not clear if the man had been crossing the street, or standing in the roadway. Wilburn said the accident itself may not have been the driver’s fault, but once the driver left the scene, it became a crime.

“This is illegal. You have to stop when you have an accident.”

Officers asked anyone with information or who sees a car with damage that matches the witness’s description to please call CRIMESTOPPERS at (317) 262-TIPS.

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