Officials: State rep., daughter hurt in downtown crash

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police officials say two people were critically hurt in a crash in downtown Indianapolis Thursday night.

The crash occurred around 7 p.m. at the intersection of Ohio and Capitol.

Emergency crews at the scene say two cars were involved in the crash, a Cadillac and a Kia Sorento. Officials say two people inside of the Cadillac were taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

Officials say state representative David Niezgodski of South Bend and his 23-year-old daughter were in the vehicle.

24-Hour News 8’s Jim Shella learned both Niezgodski and his daughter were upgraded to stable condition. Shella says the lawmaker has broken ribs, but was awake and alert.

The 24-year-old driver of the Kia Sorento was in good condition and not seriously hurt.

Investigators do not believe that impairment played a factor in this accident.

State Rep. Niezgodski issued the following statement Friday morning:

“I want to say how deeply moved our family has been by the outpouring of support we have received since last night’s accident. The numbers of prayers and messages have been greatly appreciated by myself, my daughter and the rest of our family.

 “I also must pay tribute to the police officers, firefighters and EMTs who responded so quickly to the scene, as well as the folks at Eskenazi Hospital who treated us. I always have believed that those men and women who devote themselves to public safety never get enough credit for the work they do to protect the rest of us, and the skill and expertise they bring to the table came to the forefront last night. For that, I will be eternally grateful.

 “My daughter Rachael was released from  the hospital last night. She suffered a concussion and some soft tissue damage, but considering the scope of the accident, we are all incredibly grateful that was the extent of her injuries.

 “I suffered a broken rib,  and the accident aggravated some neck problems I have had for several years. I am expected to be released sometime today, with some follow-up treatment scheduled for Monday.

 “At times like this, it is valuable to count one’s blessings. Thanks in no small part to the work of many, many dedicated servants, my daughter and I are alive today. We thank them, and we thank all of you who have shown us so much support over these past few hours. You all occupy a special place in our hearts.”

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