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One person dead after stolen truck being pursued by police crashes

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Posted at 10:47 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 13:04:48-05

INDIANAPOLIS — One person has died after a pickup truck that had been reported stolen crashed into a second vehicle during a police pursuit in Indianapolis on Tuesday.

According to Officer William Young, a public information officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 5000 block of West Washington Street.

When officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle, the man refused to follow officer's commands, Young said.

"He actually backed his vehicle into one of the officer's patrol cars," Young said.

Officers began a vehicle pursuit which ended when the suspect vehicle crashed into a second vehicle at South Lynhurst Drive and West Morris Street, Young said. The pursuit lasted approximately five minutes, police said.

The suspect and the driver of the second vehicle were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The driver of the second vehicle died at the hospital, Young said.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man, is in serious condition, according to IMPD.

The second driver has been identified as Edward Flynn, 66, by the Marion County Coroner's Office.

The suspect was preliminarily charged with reckless homicide, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle resulting in death, auto theft, possession of a controlled substance schedule III, and possession of narcotics under 5 grams, according to IMPD. Formal charges have not yet been filed by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.

In addition to the ongoing investigation into the crash, there will be a separate internal affairs investigation as well as a review by IMPD's vehicle operations review board, which happens any time there is a pursuit that results in death, Young said.

The incident remains under investigation.