7 injured, 1 critically, after east side crash

Crash occured at 21st St. and Post Road

INDIANAPOLIS - Seven people were taken to the hospital in serious condition Saturday after a multi-car crash on the east side.

Just after 2 p.m., Indianapolis dispatchers were alerted of a crash involving six vehicles at the intersection of 21st Street and Post Road.

According to their initial investigation, police said they believe the accident was precipitated by the driver of a gold-colored Cadillac, who was traveling more than 90 miles per hour and was allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana.

"When he got to the hospital, an alert officer, along with medical staff, could smell marijuana on him," said IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn. "At that point they found a substantial amount of narcotics on him."

Police said they believe the Cadillac was eastbound on 21st Street when it struck a Chevy Traverse, causing the Cadillac to hit the median before going airborne. The Cadillac then bounced three times through the intersection before colliding with a Ford F250, resulting in several other reaction impacts.

Police said six people were taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The driver of the Cadillac, identified as Ali Maulana of Indianapolis, was transported in critical condition, according to police.

"Everybody was running to help them. Customers in the parking lot ran to help," said witness Andrea Hawkins. "There were probably 50 of us calling 911 at the same time."

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