IMPD deputy chief rear-ended on way to Deputy Chief Waters' visitation

Posted at 4:02 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 16:18:46-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- IMPD Deputy Chief Valerie Cunningham was involved a rear-end collision Tuesday on her way to the visitation for Deputy Chief James Waters.

The collision happened around 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of 32nd and Meridian streets.

According to the incident report, Cunningham was driving her IMPD cruiser when she was struck from the rear.

Cunningham complained of pain to her left shoulder following the crash but wasn't transported from the scene for medical attention. No other serious injuries were reported.

Cunningham served as the interim chief of IMPD in late December and early January following the departure of former Chief Troy Riggs.

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When Mayor Joe Hogsett announced then-Deputy Chief Bryan Roach would become IMPD’s new chief, Cunningham took over his role as deputy chief of administration.

Prior to that, Cunningham had served as IMPD’s night watch commander.

Cunningham was on her way to the visitation services for IMPD Deputy Chief James Waters, who died Thursday from injuries sustained in a crash on I-70.

Waters, 48, was highly regarded by the Indianapolis community and by his colleagues at IMPD.

IMPD said after the crash situation was resolved, another officer picked Cunningham up and transported her to the visitation.


More information about Deputy Chief Waters' life and funeral services can be found here.

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