Crime Watch 8

34-year-old driver dies in single-vehicle crash on Pendleton Pike

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man died in a single-car crash on the night of March 7 on Pendleton Pike after fleeing another crash on the same road, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said. 

Police were sent about 9:45 p.m. to the crash at Pendleton Pike and North Hartman Drive. That’s a commercial area just southwest of the Interstate 465 interchange with Pendleton Pike. 

The Marion County Coroner’s Office on May 7 identified the victim as Cesar Hernandez-Rocha, 34.

Patrolman Michael Hewitt with IMPD public affairs said the Hernandez-Rocha was fleeing from another crash on southbound Pendleton Pike and lost control, hit a curb and flipped the car. Hernandez-Rocha was ejected and died from injuries. 

Medics indicated Hernandez-Rocha smelled of alcohol, Hewitt said in an email. 

The earlier crash on southbound Pendleton Pike involved minor property damage.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office did not immediately respond to an email request for information on the driver’s identity.