Police: 2 pedestrians struck by a vehicle on Indianapolis' west side

Victims' names not released

INDIANAPOLIS - One man was killed and another was seriously injured after they were struck by a vehicle early Friday on the city's west side.

Police said the crash happened just before 6 a.m. near West Washington Street and Bridgeport Road when two brothers were trying to push a stranded vehicle to a nearby gas station before being  struck from behind by a pickup truck.

The brothers, identified as 22-year-old Nicholas Malott and 24-year-old Dusty Shiler, were taken to IU Methodist Hospital.

Malott died at the hospital of his injuries, police said.

Shiler was seriously injured, but has since been released from the hospital, police said.

Indianapolis Metro Police spokesman Kendale Adams said both victims were wearing reflective vests and that the disabled vehicle's emergency flashers were on at the time of the crash.

"A lot of people wouldn't wear that reflective vest, a lot of people would just get out there and start pushing," Adams said. "I think that these folks did everything that they could. Unfortunately, it was just a tragic accident."

The driver of the pickup, identified as Timothy Childers, 52, of Indianapolis, was offered to take a blood test as part of the crash investigation.

IMPD's Fatal Alcohol Crash Team said they didn't see any obvious signs of impairment from the driver. 

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