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SUV crashes into Super 8 motel near Castleton

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Posted at 7:57 PM, Nov 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-13 21:35:22-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Seven people and a dog are displaced after a SUV crashed into a Super 8 motel near Castleton.

According to Indianapolis Fire Department, the SUV drove through the Super 8 motel at 7202 E. 82nd St. and took out a stairwell.

No injuries were reported but a total of seven people are now displaced, including two adults and three children upstairs and two adults and a dog in the apartment that was hit. The motel will put both families in other units.

One resident, 38-year-old Jasmin Hochstetler is lucky to be alive, according to IFD.

Her apartment was directly hit by the SUV. Hochstetler told firefighters she was sitting on the couch when the Escalade came through the front wall, sending debris all over her and throughout her apartment. She was covered in dust and material but unhurt.

According to Hochstetler, the 4 young men in the car panicked and briefly disappeared. They returned minutes later.

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Witnesses told firefighters that the car was pulling into park and appeared to hit the gas instead of the brake. IMPD is investigating what is believed to be an unfortunate accident.

Holchester has lived in the apartment for four years, IFD said. She has a Great Dane named Indy that was removed from the building by firefighters but was unharmed.

Firefighters brought a teen and two kids down from the second floor, who were unable to get down due to the stairwell being compromised in the crash.

The IFD Collapse Rescue Team assessed the damage and found it to be more cosmetic than structural. The area was taped off and Super 8 management will work with insurance to get it fixed, IFD said.