Saturday, May 25 2013 12:00 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:00:53 GMT
If you waited until Friday to drive your RV to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you likely paid more to fill it up. "If you have to worry about the price of gas," said Hoosier race fan Steven Isaacs,More >>
This Memorial Day, gas prices are about where they were last year, instead of being up again.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:47 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:47:15 GMT
The Indiana Pacers are trying to even the Eastern Conference finals in Miami. Indiana has opened up a 12-point lead late in the first quarter. Roy Hibbert leads the Pacers with eight points. LeBron JamesMore >>
The Indiana Pacers have evened the Eastern Conference finals in Miami.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:18:05 GMT
Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school. When Henryville Elementary School Teacher KristiMore >>
Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:03 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:03:19 GMT
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The woman was hit on E. 34th Street, between Gladstone and Colorado, around 9:45 p.m. Friday.More >>
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:41 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:41:45 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:04:40 GMT
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon. Police say officers were investigating an incident in the 3200 block of Boulevard Place when a suspect failed toMore >>
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:31 GMT
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is recommending tuition and fee increases of 1.75 percent for Indiana residents in each of the next two years at the school's Bloomington campus. The universityMore >>
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is recommending tuition and fee increases of 1.75 percent for Indiana residents in each of the next two years at the school's Bloomington campus.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:44:52 GMT
Andretti Autosport has five cars in the top nine in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Any of them could win the race. The team has already won three out of four INDYCAR races this season. One of the AndrettiMore >>
I'm picking Marco to finally add another win to the Andretti legacy at Indianapolis.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:32:12 GMT
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used. Friday's Memorial Day service is one of many events that takes place on MonumentMore >>
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used.More >>
Indianapolis - The death of a 13-year-old motorcycle racer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is getting nationwide attention.
Peter Lenz of Vancouver, Washington, was a rising star in the sport. Along with admiration for his accomplishments, there are questions as to whether someone so young should be in a sport so fast and dangerous.
At nine years old, Peter Lenz was already on the winners' stand, looking barely big enough to ride a bicycle. But on the race track he was fast and fierce, setting track records at 90 miles an hour at age ten. He had 18 national and regional championships by the age of 13.
Lenz died Sunday after falling during a warm-up lap and being struck by another rider. It was the first death at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in seven years. The boy who struck him, 12-year-old Xavier Zayat of Flushing, N.Y., was not hurt.
Professional MotoGP racer Nicky Hayden had seen the much younger rising star.
"This is our sport. He chose to do it. He knew the consequences," said Hayden.
But should someone so young be allowed to compete in a sport where the consequences are so high? It's debatable, says rider, collector and fan Dan Lampman.
"Where does the cut-off occur? Maturity and decision-making is different with everybody," said Lampman.
Youngsters racing motorcycles and a 14-year-old Dutch girl sailing alone around the world are extreme examples of sports where parents and coaches expect more from children at younger ages.
"It's subjecting our kids to things like concussions in football, too much training in sports like swimming and track, it all comes into play," said Dr. Douglas McKeag, IU Center for Sports Medicine director.
Dr. McKeag says that overall, today's child athletes are better off than their parents were because of better rules and equipment protecting them.
"They are safe; more people watching them and the level of sophistication surrounding kids sports is much higher than it's ever been," said McKeag.
Yet in all kids' sports, the doctor says most all deaths are caused by unfortunate incidents for which there is no protection. Overheating is another factor leading to athlete deaths.
Sadly, Peter Lenz perished in an accident that witnesses say neither he or his fellow racers could avoid.
"Our children today are maturing earlier. They're bigger; obviously, unfortunately, they're also fatter. So in sports where size is a priority, they are being exposed to forces that we weren't exposed to when we were kids," said Dr. McKeag.
No formal investigation
The US Grand Prix Racers Union does not plan to hold a formal investigation into the death of Peter Lenz.
Stewart Aitken-Cade, a spokesman for the sanctioning body, says the union will discuss ways to make the sport safer. He also says safety measures will be reviewed.
Aitken-Cade says teen riders must have two years of racing experience, verified by the league, and older riders help mentor the younger ones.
Lenz's father sent out a message to fans on his son's Facebook page saying Peter "passed doing what he loved and had his go fast face on as he pulled onto the track. The world lost one of its brightest lights."
Witnesses say Peter Lenz was waving his arms to warn other riders he was down when he was hit by another rider.
Emergency crews attempted CPR on Lenz at the track. He was taken to Methodist where he was pronounced dead.
"He was one of my really good friends, yeah, Peter Lenz he was. I have know him for the last few years and he has been in my motor home all weekend chit-chattin' about the track," said Colin Edwards, MotoGP rider.
Statement from Janice Logan, Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association:
"Peter Lenz began racing with the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association in 2005, at the age of 8. He raced "Pocketbikes" at the beginning. These are the little mini motorcycles that were so popular around the time. The main difference between those for sale at local car parts stores and the ones that were raced at PIR, was the ones at PIR were built very specifically for racing, and very technical and mechanically impressive.
Peter currently holds Expert License #46 with the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association. In 2009, Peter raced with OMRRA as part of the USGPRU National series. Peter raced last Sunday, on August 22nd at Portland International Raceway, as part of the West Coast series of the USGPRU racing series. He finished 2nd in the MD250 race, and 3rd in the Moto 3 race.
Peter was a very well liked, and extremely skilled racer. Our Association sends its very deepest condolences to the Lenz family, and all of his racing friends and fans."
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:02:40 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
The family of Richard Allen Moore told Eyewitness News that he was killed in the accident.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:29:00 GMT
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp. The fire happened Thursday in the town of Chesterfield just east of Anderson. Chesterfield deputy fire chiefMore >>
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:22 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:22:46 GMT
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride. A Morgan CountyMore >>
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:37:35 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:26:01 GMT
Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tell Eyewitness News that 35 runners from the Midwest who did not complete the Boston Marathon because of the tragedy there will be finishing that race atMore >>
The Speedway invited runners to cross the finish line on race day morning before the start of the race. They will be running from Turn Four across the historic Yard of Bricks.More >>