IMPD: Cars were racing before Madison Avenue crash, fire that left one person dead

Metro police say a speed contest was a factor in a fatal crash early Saturday morning. (WTHR photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Metro police are investigating a crash on the south side that left one person dead overnight.

It happened around 1 a.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of South Madison Avenue near Southern Avenue.

IMPD officers told Eyewitness News that two cars were racing northbound on Madison when one car drifted into a median, hitting trees and a metal school zone sign.

The car caught fire.

“It was terrifying it was horrible,” said Bambi Morgan, who lives near the crash site.

The body of the driver was discovered after the fire was extinguished.

Cedrik Davis saw the explosion from his bedroom window, rushed outside and called 911.

“Just watching that happen and not knowing if someone was in the vehicle or not and just realizing that I just watched this dud die in his vehicle not even 100 feet from my house,” said Davis.

Neighbors said people are always racing up and down Madison, especially on the weekends.

“There are people that are racing all up and down this strip all hours of the night,” said Morgan.

Friends identified the victim as 22-year-old Antonio Garcia.

However, they dispute claims he was racing anyone and was actually trying to avoid two cars stopped in the street.

“And they were stopped so he had to swerve and his rear brakes locked up and that’s when he lost control,” said Jorge Serrano. “We literally saw everything that was going on so we literally saw that it was just an accident it was just two other people being stupid and he was there at the wrong time.”

Police are looking for the other vehicle involved.

One person died in a fiery crash on Madison Avenue Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (Courtesy IFD)

Authorities have not released the identity of the driver of the Chevy Camaro who died.

Police are looking for the other vehicle involved.

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