INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 26-year-old Indianapolis man was arrested after he
allegedly crashed 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
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
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.