Suspect arrested after fatal hit-and-run crash


Police arrested a driver who fled from the scene of a fatal crash on the northwest side of Indianapolis Thursday evening.

Officers arrived on the scene of the crash near the intersection of W. 34th Street and Georgetown Road around 6 p.m. When they arrived, they found the driver of a small compact car suffering from "extensive injuries." The man was later pronounced dead at the scene of his injuries.

The victim was identified Friday as 25-year-old Yanpeng Wang.

Investigators believe a white truck driven by 33-year-old William Edwards of Indianapolis was traveling north on Georgetown Road when it struck the victim's vehicle, which was traveling west on W. 34th Street. Two other vehicles were also struck in the crash, but those drivers were not hurt.

Edwards fled from the scene after the crash. Witnesses say he jumped from the truck and ran, without stopping to look at the damage around him, including the car he struck first, which was on fire with the victim still inside. Family members brought Edwards to Eskenazi Health around 8:30 p.m. after he made erratic and inconsistent statements to them about what happened in the crash.

Edwards is preliminarily charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, possession of marijuana and battery. The battery charge stems from a fight Edwards engaged in at the hospital where he struck Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will determine formal charges against Edwards.