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1 child dead, 3 others injured in DUI crash on Indy's south side

A woman driving a van with the children and another driver were both arrested for DUI.

INDIANAPOLIS — One child died and three others were injured early Friday in a crash between a van and another car on the south side of Indianapolis. Both drivers, a 21-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman, were arrested for driving while intoxicated, according to a public police report from IMPD.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Meridian Street and Troy Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. Police at the scene told 13News that four juvenile patients were taken to local hospitals with injuries.

Two of the children were taken to Riley Hospital in critical condition. Two others were in serious condition, according to IMPD. An 8-year-old who was in critical condition was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A police report showed the children injured were three females and a male, but the report did not list their ages.

The four children were passengers in the van, according to police. Crash investigators are working to determine what led up to the crash.

The adults were treated at the scene and submitted to a blood draw to check for DUI, which is standard procedure in crashes that involve serious injuries.

Both drivers were tested for possible impairment due to the serious nature of the crash.

Credit: Frank Young/WTHR
A crash early Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 at Meridian St. and Troy Avenue on the south side of Indianapolis sent four children to area hospitals with injuri