Police Question 13-Year-Old Driver In Fatal Crash

13-Year-Old Driver Taken Into Custody

One person was killed in a crash involving a 13-year-old driver Tuesday on the city’s northeast side, Indianapolis police said.

Just after 6 p.m., police were dispatched to the intersection of Arquette and Conway drives on reports of a vehicle that had flipped several times and ejected its passenger.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a heavily damaged Chevrolet Suburban SUV and a 26-year-old male passenger that had been ejected.

The 26-year-old was hospitalized with in critical injuries but later died, police said.

Detectives said a 13-year-old believed to be the driver of the Suburban is facing possible charges, RTV6’s Ericka Flye reported.

Several witnesses told police they saw the SUV speeding on Arquette Drive and that it flipped as the vehicle rounded a corner.

“All I heard was a high speed screech. I looked down the end of my driveway and that SUV was just tumbling. I just rolled (the victim) over and I (saw) he had massive head wounds,” witness David Baldwin said.

“The car rolled, and the guy flipped out of the car. Everybody just presumed that he was dead. That's how bad the accident was,” witness Val Davis said.

Investigators with IMPD’s Fatal Alcohol Crash Team are investigating, but they don’t suspect alcohol was involved.

"We're curious, as everyone else is, to get to the bottom of exactly why this 13-year-old was driving. That's why we've taken him (into custody) so our investigators can sit down with him and try to determine the events that led up to this,” said IMPD spokesman Kendale Adams.

The victim’s name was not released.

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