Woman arrested in hit-and-run that killed Indianapolis 15-year-old

Sarah A. Williams
A 26-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday in the hit-and-run death of a 15-year-old Indianapolis boy.

Jack Bussa died on June 29 after being struck by a car while walking with three friends at Meridian and Stop 11 Road. He later died at the hospital.

"This young boy, 15, didn't expect to walk out of his house and never come back home," said IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn.

Bussa's friends told police they heard the accident and looked up to see Bussa being thrown into the grass and the car speeding off. Sarah Williams was arrested Monday night without incident and charged with failing to stop at the scene of a deadly accident - a Class C Felony. She originally denied being the driver, saying her car had been stolen but the information Bussa's friends gave police, investigators said, eventually put Williams and her car at the scene.

"These young children were traumatized greatly," added Ofc. Wilburn, "but they were able to provide information to the detectives that aided in finding the suspect, and ultimately we did."

More than two weeks later, there was still a small memorial at the intersection where Bussa was hit. Through a spokesperson, the family told Eyewitness News the high schooler loved his BMX bike. He got rid of his training wheels when he was just 2 years old and was on a motorbike by the age of 5. Those who knew him used a piece of a bike as a part of the roadside memorial.

Loved ones said Bussa was generous, loved adventure and entertaining, but was an only a child and very close with his parents. They were very supportive of his passion for BMX biking and, understandably, were devastated by their loss.