INDIANAPOLIS – A 26-year-old Indianapolis man was arrested, accused of crashing into a church van, killing its driver and injuring several others, police said Monday.
Brandon D. Collins was being held Monday in the Marion County Jail on preliminarily charges of failure to stop following a crash causing injury and death and operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury or death, police said. Online jail records did not indicate whether he had an attorney.
Collins ran a red light Sunday night at an intersection on Indianapolis’ east side and crashed into a van carrying 18 people returning to the Jesus House of Prayer Temple, police said.
The crash killed Edward Sadler, 51, police said. Twelve other passengers were injured, including a 7-year-old girl who suffered a broken leg.
The van was returning home from an evening revival at another church and had the right of way at the intersection, police said.
Witnesses told police that the van had a green light when the driver of a passenger car “disregarded the traffic signal and hit the van,” police said in a news release.
After the crash, the driver fled on foot, but police said they were able to capture him a few blocks away.
It was the city’s second fatal crash in just over three months to involve a church vehicle.
Three members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church died July 27 when a bus they were in went off an interstate ramp on the city’s north side. Bus driver Dennis Maurer, 68, of Indianapolis told police the brakes failed and he could not prevent the bus from hitting a raised median barrier and overturning.
A report on the July crash compiled by Indiana State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office has not yet been made public.