Police remind pedestrians, drivers to remain alert as weather warms

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A mother of five is dead after being hit by a car crossing Andrew J. Brown Avenue in Indianapolis.  Police said it was a scene we could see even more as the weather warms up and more people are outside.

Crying led to anger Tuesday..

“Somebody murdered my sister and I want to know who did it,” said Elisa Taylor’s sister Teresa Taylor.

It was an emotional roller coaster at 25th and Andrew J. Brown Avenue. Elisa Taylor was hit by a car not far from the intersection.  After running over the 48-year-old, the person behind the wheel took off.  The driver left Taylor in the road to die.

“This is our worst nightmare,” said youngest daughter Sylvia Glenn.  “We never knew our mama was going to depart.  To wake up to something like this – it is a horrible, horrible nightmare.”

Sadly, it is nothing new, especially during warmer weather.

“As there are more people are out and about, they are riding their bikes, they are out later in the evening, there is always an increased chance that something like this could happen,” said IMPD Spokesman Christopher Bailey.  “The warmer it gets, the more people are out.”

So far this year, three people have been hit by cars, two more than this time last year.  Bailey said there is one basic tip to keep you safe as you make your way along the road.

“Be aware of your surroundings, and that goes for whether you are driving a car or just walking around,” said Bailey.

Elisa Taylor’s youngest daughter does not want tips, she wants answers.

“Whoever can come forward and tell us who did this to my mama, would you please come forward?  My mama needs justice,” said Glenn.

In Elisa Taylor’s case, police are looking for a black or dark blue Chevy Impala, with driver’s side damage around the headlight area.  If you have any information on what happened, call CRIME STOPPERS at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).

If you would like to help the family pay for Elisa Taylor’s funeral, call (317) 640-6257

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