Police identify bicyclist after fatal hit-and-run

Joshua Stephens faces a number of preliminary charges following a fatal hit-and-run on August 19, 2016. (Provided Photo/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A bicyclist was fatally hit by a vehicle Friday evening on the south side of Indianapolis.

Emergency crews were called to the 2100 block of S. East Street, near Meridian Street and Raymond Street, around 7 p.m.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead on scene by emergency crews. He was identified Saturday as 60-year-old James Nielsen of Indianapolis.

An IMPD official said the driver, 24-year-old Joshua Stephens, initially fled the scene, but was later found and taken into custody.

Stephens was then transported for Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital for a blood draw, standard  procedure in an accident resulting in a fatality, according to police.

Stephens faces preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and failure to stop at an accident resulting in death.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

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