Pregnant woman struck, killed by IMPD officer on his way to work
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A pregnant woman was struck and killed by a police officer who was on his way to work Wednesday night.
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Officer Jonathon Henderson was reporting for his shift around 9:45 p.m. IMPD said Henderson, a 22-year veteran, was traveling northbound on South Harding Street near Interstate 465.
Investigators say Henderson was in the ramp entrance lane on the right when he struck the woman, who was on foot.
IMPD says Henderson called for help, then began rendering first aid.
The woman was sent to a hospital in critical condition. She and her unborn child both died.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman as 23-year-old Ashlynn Lisby. Her father tells News 8 she had three other children — a four-year-old boy, and two younger daughters.
Henderson submitted to a blood draw, which is standard procedure.
IMPD does not believe Henderson was impaired.
IMPD’s Fatal Crash Team is investigating the incident.
Witnesses and IMPD Deputy Chief Chris Bailey said it was dark in the area when the crash happened. INDOT says the lights in the area were checked on April 23, and the large mast lights were found to be in operation, but the underpass lights were not. A spokesperson said a work order has been issued for the underpass lights, but the work had not been completed.
There have been multiple fatal investigations involving IMPD officers since Wednesday night.
A man was killed near 62nd Street and Michigan Road following a pursuit on Wednesday night.
A burglary suspect was shot and killed after using a rifle to fire at officers early Thursday morning.