Teen siblings killed in crash on Indy's west side

Both attended Wayne Township schools

INDIANAPOLIS -- The brother and sister who were killed when a car and an SUV collided on Indy's west side Sunday afternoon have been identified by the Marion County Coroner.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. in the area of 8350 W. Washington Street, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department. 

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says their initial investigation indicates that a black Honda Insight was headed east on West Washington Street when it crossed over the center line and was struck on the passenger side door by a silver Ford Escape, which was headed west.

Two of the occupants in the black car were pronounced dead. They have been identified as 17-year-old Alexandra Koffi and 13-year-old Aaron Koffi, according to the coroner's office. The two were brother and sister. 

An occupant of the SUV was taken to Eskenazi Hospital with undisclosed injuries. 

The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township says Alexandria was a junior at Ben Davis High School and Aaron was a seventh grader at the Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center. 

The school is providing grief counselors and therapy dogs to help students and staff through the grieving process this week. 

It has been a very difficult day in our district, but the efforts of our school counselors and staff have helped students and staff begin to cope with this tragic loss. Counselors from Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center, the Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center, and Ben Davis University High School have been available to help provide additional support to the counseling staff as needed at Ben Davis High School and Lynhurst.

Additionally, we have utilized therapy dogs to help both students and staff begin the healing process. We are grateful to Paws & Think, Inc. and to the Wayne Township Fire Department for providing these dogs today for this purpose. They have been tremendously helpful.

Our hearts go out to the Koffi family in their grief.

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