INDIANAPOLIS — Six pedestrians have been struck and killed by motorists in the city since Saturday, a tragic spate of deaths Indiana Rep. André Carson called "largely preventable."
A man was struck and killed by a driver in a Lincoln MKZ at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday on East Raymond Street near the Interstate 65 ramp, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
He was transported to an area hospital, but later died, IMPD public information officer Genae Cook said. The man's identity has not been released.
Cook said the driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
The man's death came after five pedestrians died in crashes last weekend.
On Saturday, three teenagers — David Evans, 14, Tyjiana Valez, 13, and Kierra Brown, 15 — died when they were struck in a crash that involved drivers in three vehicles at West Kessler Boulevard North Drive and Nobscot Drive.
Two more pedestrians died early Sunday morning. Larry Ferrell, 61, died in a hit-and-run crash while he was walking in the 1900 block of North Rural Street, and Shawn Davis, 40, was hit while he walked along Interstate 74 after his vehicle was spotted in a ditch.
Carson, a member of the House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said in a statement he is doing what he can to provide federal money to Indianapolis for infrastructure improvements, such as better sidewalks, walkways and safer intersections.
"I'm incredibly saddened by these tragic deaths of pedestrians, which — in our community and others — are largely preventable," he said.
Carson added he has supported bills to improve pedestrian safety, including the SAFE Streets Act.
"However, these recent deaths show we must scale up our efforts to make sure getting around our city is safe, no matter the means of travel," he said.
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