Charges filed in Geist runner’s death

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Charges have been filed against a bus driver who hit and killed a woman in Fishers back in May.

According to court documents, David McCollum, 69, of Indianapolis, was charged with failure to stop after accident resulting in death, which is a Class C felony.

Police said Erin Harris, 34, of Fishers, was walking northbound across a crosswalk in the 11700 block of Olio Road, just north of 116th Street, when the school bus hit her on May 17. The bus was pulling out of a parking lot at the time. According to court documents, the bus turned right, hit Harris and did not stop.

Police said there were a lot of pedestrians in that area who were preparing to run in the annual Geist Half Marathon when Harris was hit.

McCollum told detectives that it was his third trip through dropping runners off at the marathon location. He went on to say he stopped at the stop sign and did not see a pedestrian in the crosswalk but did feel the rear tires run over something as he drove on. When he looked in his mirror, McCollum saw what he thought was a baby stroller in the road, according to the account he gave detectives.

He said it was still dark and it could have been something one of the runners dropped in the road. The document says McCollum continued onto his destination, Fall Creek Intermediate School, without stopping and didn’t report the crash.

McCollum, who worked for Hamilton Southeastern School District, was placed on administrative leave while the investigation was conducted.

Harris was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical condition, but she died from her injuries several days later. She leaves behind a husband and two children.

Harris’ husband, Jess Harris, spoke to 24-Hour News 8 after her funeral. Harris remembered how a police officer’s knock on his door changed his family forever.

“He had told me that she had been in an accident and I had just thought, ‘Oh she’s been in a car accident.’ And that’s when he told me that she was severely injured,” Harris told 24-Hour News 8.

Harris said it’s especially difficult for the couple’s two children, Sawyer and Eloise.

“Eloise is just two years old. And the three of us have talked about mommy being sick and not coming back and that mommy’s in heaven. Eloise will ask where Mommy is, and the other day she asked me if Mommy is still sick, and I think I took that pretty hard,” he said.

Erin Harris was an organ donor whose death helped others live.

“It will be a long road for us, for them to understand. I am definitely putting things together to make sure that they know how incredible their mom was, how awesome of a wife she was, and how just important she was to her friends and family and faith,” Harris said.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Harris’ family. As of Thursday night, the account had raised nearly $30,000. Click here to donate.

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