Pregnant woman dies after being hit by IMPD officer’s car

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INDIANAPOLIS– A pregnant woman died after being hit by an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer’s car Wednesday night.

The incident happened at 9:44 p.m. Wednesday at South Harding Street and the eastbound ramp of I-465.

IMPD says Officer Jonathon Henderson, a 22-year IMPD veteran, was reporting to work for his shift at the time of the crash. He was traveling northbound on S. Harding Street, approaching I-465 in the right lane when he hit a pedestrian.

Henderson rendered first aid at the scene until Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) arrived and transported the pregnant woman to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Despite their efforts, a woman and unborn child were pronounced dead, IMPD says.

An investigation is underway, and Officer Henderson submitted to a blood draw. Preliminary findings don’t lead investigators to believe Henderson was impaired at the time of the crash.

Thursday afternoon, the coroner identified the woman as 23-year-old Ashlynn Lisby. Melanie Grey sees hundreds of vehicles drive by a day in the area, but sees a lot of foot traffic too.

Grey works the front counter at the Knights Inn Hotel right off of South Harding Street.

“We let the drivers know that come in to slow down; because they speed. There are children and animals out here too,” Grey said.

Grey said her heart goes out to the victim’s family.

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