INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) - One person is dead after a small limo bus carrying a weddingparty was involved in a crash in downtown Indianapolis.
The crash happened around 2:00pm Saturday at the intersectionof Delaware and South Streets. Police say the limo bus wascarrying 16 people when it collided with a SUV.
"The impact was so great..it actually knocked it sideways andthat's when it flipped over and according to the individuals insidethe luggage stuff and the seats basically pinned everybody down,"said IMPD Lt. Jeff Duhamell.
James Douglas of Indianapolis was on the bus. Medicssay the 29 year old had suffered massive head injuries andpronounced him dead at the scene.
Witnesses told police the shuttle bus, that belongs to MavrisArt and Event center, failed to stop at the light and crashed intoCamilo Ortega-Alvarado's GMC Yukon. Police say the SUVcontinued through the intersection and hit the electricaltransformer box located on the corner.
The limo bus was headed the Mavris Art and Event Center forthe wedding and reception. We went there, but they wanted torespect the wishes of the bridal party and they did not want totalk with us.
A Methodist Hospital spokesperson confirmed that the bride,Lauren Magee and groom, Tom Hanley, exchanged vows inside ahospital conference room.
The driver of the limo bus was Jerry Lowrey. He was kept forobservation at the hospital.
Paramedics took the other people on the limo bus andthe driver of the SUV Wishard and Methodist hospitals. Everyone has been released with minor injuries. Investigatorssay one other person showed up later to the hospital complaining ofpain and was treated and released.
The driver of the 2000 GMC Yukon SUV was 27 year old CamiloOrtega-Alvarado. Police gave him a summons for neverreceiving a driver's license.
Police will continue to investigate the crash. Officers say alcohol is not believed to be involved and will handover the investigation to the prosecutor when they arefinished.
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