2 killed, others hurt in crash Indianapolis police say involved alcohol

Police: Driver was drunk at time of crash

INDIANAPOLIS - Prosecutors have filed formal charges against a woman accused of driving drunk and crashing, killing two people and injuring two others.

Tiffany McGinnis, 27, is facing nine total charges including felony counts of operating while intoxicated, causing death; felony counts of operating while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury; and one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.

Two women were killed in the early Sunday morning in a crash on Indianapolis' east side.

Sherelle Davis, 25, and Mercedes McGinnis, 22, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, officials said.

According to court documents, Tiffany McGinnis had a blood alcohol content of .12 at the time of the crash.

"Even in spite of the seriousness and the gravity of this incident, you could observe the blood-shot eyes, the slurred speech, the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her," Metro police spokeswoman Linda Jackson said.

Indianapolis police were called to the 7400 block of East 30th Street about 3:20 a.m. Sunday, initially because of a burglar alarm.

When officers arrived, they found that a car had crashed into a building, ejecting the two women who were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people were taken to the hospital.

"It's probably a good thing the burglar alarm was on the building," Jackson said. "Therefore, we found out about it in a much more timely manner than we would had the business not been alarmed."

One person was released from the hospital Monday, but police said the other hospitalized passenger was in critical condition.

Tiffany McGinnis sustained only minor injuries, but Jackson said she will be dealing with serious lifelong issues.

"Not only is she facing very serious felony charges, she's lost two of her friends that she is never going to see again," Jackson said. "The other two individuals in the vehicle are in serious condition and the one is very, very critical. So, there is going to be lifelong issues with this for her."

Investigators said McGinnis' Chevrolet Impala was southbound on Richardt Avenue, approaching the dead end at 30th Street.

"Officers believe the vehicle's driver continued south through the dead end and crashed into the building located at the end of the dead end street," said Indianapolis police spokesman Kendale Adams. "The vehicle caused external damage to the building identified as Univar USA Inc. No one was inside the building at the time of the crash."

Tiffany McGinnis was being held Sunday morning in the Marion County Jail, but she bonded out Monday afternoon.

Tiffany McGinnis has her initial court appearance Thursday morning.

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