“Stop rushing” says mother of pedestrian killed in Fountain Square

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The mother of an Indianapolis man struck and killed while walking in Fountain Square Tuesday told Fox59 her message to people would be to “stop rushing” and take the time to be with your loved ones.

Brian Benson, 22, died on the scene of the accident on South Prospect Street near Shelby.

Police said 20-year-old Joseph Crandall was driving a red van when he turned onto South Prospect Street from Shelby Street. Crandall told investigators he somehow jumped the curb on the left hand side and drove onto the sidewalk. Police said that’s when he struck Benson and 35-year-old Aaron Schaler, who were walking on that sidewalk.

Medics transported Schaler to Wishard Hospital in stable condition. His current condition is not known.

“Brian was my light,” said Tina Benson, Brian’s mom. “His heart was big, huge. He loved, loved beyond belief.”

She said her son always knew how to brighten up anybody’s day no matter what the circumstances were.

“He was infectious, very loving… my baby.”

He also had big dreams and a big voice. Childhood friend Ben Jones remembered how Brian dreamed of singing and acting on stage in Chicago or New York. And how he’d never forget the voice that could “make your heart melt.”

“You’d feel whatever he wanted you to feel,” said Jones. “He was taken way too early, because the world didn’t get to experience the gift that he had fully.”

Tina Benson said Brian also wanted to go back to college and use his voice to help others. She said he dreamed of becoming a therapist and working with struggling children.

Although it would be easy to become angry at the circumstances of his death, Brian’s mother said her son would want her to move on with her life and live each day to the fullest.

“He would want me to put one foot in front of the other and move forward and smile. And I’ll smile again one day for him.”

She had just one message to pass along to other families during this holiday season.

“Stop with rushing. Don’t worry about the present. It’s not important. The time with your loved ones is what’s important.

“You need to make sure that you grab a hold of ’em, call ’em, text ’em,” she said crying. “Share some chocolate, cause that’s what Brian and I would’ve done.

“My light’s gone right now, but he’ll be back. He’ll be back.”

Benson’s family has made funeral arrangements for Brian. His visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Family Funeral Care on 5731 Rockville Rd.  The burial will follow at Floral Park/Flanner and Buchanan on 425 N. Holt Rd.

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