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Vigil for teen killed when car went into retention pond

Residents want city to install guardrails
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Posted at 10:31 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 02:00:15-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A candlelight vigil Tuesday evening for a southeast side Indianapolis 16-year-old who died last weekend when the car she was riding in with three other teens went into a retention pond.

A large crowd turned out for the vigil for 16-year-old Franklin Central High School student Ella Magyer. It was held at the accident scene on Fry Road near Shelbyville Road.

Family members were there, including Ella's sister. "My sister obviously means so much to people and I can't thank everybody enough for coming out today and I love you so much. People always ask what can we do? We love to hear stories, we love to see pictures because Ella was just such a bright light she loved everybody," said Amelia Magyer.

Police say the car went off the road, crashed into a tree and went into the retention pond. Another teen suffered critical injuries.

Witnesses told police they saw the car going fast before it went off the road.

The crash has sparked a growing movement to add guardrails to the curve. Indianapolis City-County Council Member Brian Mowery, who represents the area, says he has talked to the director of the Department of Public Works in an effort to add guardrails.

Mowery was told D.P.W. engineers must examine the site before deciding what to do.