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Good Samaritans pursue suspect, aid victim after east side hit-and-run crash

IMPD said Juana Loa faces multiple charges for a hit-and-run collision that happened in front of an east side church Monday morning.
Jessica Parks (Photo provided)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Metro police have arrested a suspect in a crash that injured a teacher.

IMPD said Juana Loa faces multiple charges for a hit-and-run collision that happened in front of an east side church Monday morning.

Witnesses to the crash said some quick-thinking Good Samaritans stepped in to stop the driver when she allegedly drove away.

It was just after 7:30 a.m. when James Jackson got the distress call.

"One of our employees had been hit by a car, right in front of the church,” said Jackson, pastor at Fervent Prayer Church.

Juana Loa (IMPD photo)

Teacher Jessica Parks is recovering after spending all afternoon in surgery for “significant injuries” to her legs. Parks, 27, teaches at the church day care.

Fervent Church bus driver Van Wilson saw it happen.

"It threw her up on the car and then she fell, the car stopped,” said Wilson. “She was actually on the car when it was in motion. The car stopped and she fell to the ground."

"I'm looking at this vehicle in my eyes at it's starting to leave the scene," Wilson said. “And I said 'Lord, give me the strength to catch this vehicle without any further damage or injury.’"

Wilson, a Vietnam veteran went after the driver, who had sped off on 38th Street.

He boxed her in with his bus until police arrived.

"I pulled in front of her car and cut her off and she was still trying to go around,” he said.

Meanwhile, two strangers made sure Parks would survive. A nurse and paramedic happened to be in the area..

"They put a tourniquet on her leg in the right place and slowed the bleeding,” Pastor Jackson told us.

Jackson and others prayed.

"People in our community not only saved someone's life, but also helped to capture someone who had nearly taken someone's life."

"We gotta stand up for right because wrong is wrong no matter who does it," Wilson said.