Police urge drivers to have a plan Halloween night following two hit-and-run accidents over the weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Two fatal hit-and-run accidents over the weekend have some parents in Indianapolis saying they will take extra precautions while trick-or-treating Monday night.

“Safety for children is just foremost in our minds because of all the things that are going on," Indianapolis resident Ramona Sanders said. "Not only do you have to watch out for the people and make sure they don’t give your kids something that is not very good, you have to look out for the people that are driving that may not even be paying attention."

The first crash happened at 6000 block of Lafayette Road just after 9:00 p.m. Saturday night.  Police said a 23-year-old man was trying to push his car out of the road after it broke down when a 62-year-old woman, Terry Ferguson, hit him.

Investigators said Ferguson then left the scene of the crash. Officers were able to track her down and arrested her. She's charged with failure to stop at an accident resulting in death and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The second tragedy happened near 10th and Shadeland Avenue on the east side around 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Police arrived to find a 38-year-old woman dead in the middle of the road.  At this point, investigators don’t know much more about how she died. They are working to find a suspect.

"Saturday was rough. Let’s not do that again Monday," IMPD DUI Unit Supervisor Sgt. Michael Duke, who responded to both crashes, said.

Duke said Halloween is historically a very dangerous night for children and for some reason on holidays like Halloween, St. Patti's Day and New Year's Eve people forget to make a plan and make bad decisions.

“If you don’t want to be that guy that ran over somebody dressed like Captain America and just change your life forever, than you better have a plan," Duke said.

Duke said IMPD will have additional patrols roaming the streets of Indianapolis looking for drunk drivers. The agency held a DUI checkpoint Friday evening, which resulted in several DUI arrest.

 

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