Pedestrian struck, killed by IMPD cruiser identified


A pedestrian was killed after being struck by an on-duty IMPD officer on the east side of Indianapolis.

The family of Richard Allen Moore told Eyewitness News that he was killed in the accident.

The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and Emerson Avenue.

IMPD Ofc. Michael Hewitt says Officer Jason Rauch was driving south on Emerson Avenue and had a green light at 42nd Street. As he approached the intersection, Moore stepped off the curb. Rauch attempted an evasive action, but struck Moore, who later died.

"The guy hit the top of the car and I didn't see brake lights until after the guy hit the top of the car. And once he hit, he just kept on going," said Marcus Brown, who witnessed the accident. "He finally went to a complete stop and the guy was up under the car. He got out and once he got out of the car, he was, like, 'Oh, what did I hit?' Brown continued, "Me and another lady sitting on the corner was, like, 'He's under your car.'"

Police say the officer was on duty, but was not on a run, so his lights and sirens were not running at the time of the crash.

Investigators at the scene say neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the accident. A portable breath test administered to the officer at the scene registered .000. A blood draw was performed on Rauch, as required by state law and IMPD policy, but the results are not yet available.

Police say Rauch has been with IMPD since 2008 and has faced no disciplinary action.

The intersection reopened to traffic shortly before 2:30 a.m.