Police searching for driver after fatal crash

(WISH Photo/Marcus Collins)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – One person has died and the driver is on the run after a crash on the city’s south side on Friday, police confirmed.

According to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department dispatchers, the single-vehicle crash happened around 3:30 a.m. at Norton Avenue and Shelby Street.

IMPD arrived on scene and found a black SUV in the front yard of a home in the 1100 block of Norton Avenue. Police located two victims inside the vehicle.

It appeared that the SUV sustained significant damage to the passenger side after the SUV hit a brick pillar.

Police say the driver fled the scene on foot after hitting the pillar. The male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was 39-year-old Ryan Ziemer. Police say he died from multiple blunt trauma injuries. His death was ruled an accident.

Police say another female passenger was taken from the scene in serious condition.

The driver who fled was only identified as a white male in his 20s or 30s.

It’s not clear if alcohol was a factor.

A memorial has started with red roses and a stone that reads, “May angels watch over you.” It marks the spot where Ziemer died.

Also marking the spot are skid marks and fencing that is barely recognizable.

Harry Stock spent the day repairing his fence.

“I still heard the car spinning and stuff from the window. But, by the time I come around and got outside, there wasn’t nobody in there… it looked like the whole car was empty,” he said.

But it wasn’t empty. According to police, the driver ran off leaving his passengers, a woman and Ziemer, inside.

“She was trapped inside the car. She couldn’t get out of the car and stuff. Then there was a deceased boy laying over her,” witnessed Stock.

Authorities pronounced Ziemer dead at the scene. The woman was taken to IU Health Methodist hospital in serious but stable condition.

“The woman was pinned in the car. He took off and left both of them. I don’t think that was a good thing to do,” said Stock.

It appears the driver ran off the road and into Brad Voight’s yard.

The path of destruction is clear; skid marks deep in the grass, tree limbs scattered all over the yard and concrete blocks broken off the 500-pound pillar. Voight and Stock are now coming together as neighbors to clean up.

“It’s not something that we can’t repair,” Voight said of his property. “A person’s life was lost by someone’s careless driving. That’s really the important thing. The bad thing.”

Police are still searching for the driver. If you have any information that could help with this investigation, contact Crime Stoppers at 262-Tips. You can remain anonymous.

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