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19-year-old detained following Indianapolis crash that claimed three lives



Indianapolis, Indiana – In relation to a Tuesday night collision on Indianapolis’ east side that claimed three lives, a 19-year-old has been taken into custody, according to Indiana State Police.

At 9:53 p.m. on Tuesday, at the intersection of East 10th Street and North Mithoeffer Road, Indianapolis police were called to the scene of a crash.

According to Indiana State Police, officers discovered a wrecked Dodge Challenger and another car that had collided. The Dodge Challenger had recently been the subject of a police pursuit across Indianapolis and surrounding Hancock County.

The driver of the car that was struck by the Challenger and died was named on Wednesday as 21-year-old Makayla Hankins. State police withheld Hankins’ hometown and the make and model of the car she was driving from the public.

Jose Gonzalez, 31, and Christian Leyba-Gonzalez, 14, both of Indianapolis, were the two passengers in the Challenger that perished.

A preliminary felony accusation of resisting law enforcement causing death is brought against 19-year-old Luis Leyba-Gonzalez. State police report that he was slightly hurt in the collision. As of Wednesday afternoon, there was no active case for Luis Leyba-Gonzalez according to online court records. Where Luis Leyba-Gonzalez was being held on Wednesday afternoon was not immediately known.

According to a preliminary inquiry, the Challenger was moving at “an extremely high speed” when it failed to stop at a red light at 10th and Mitthoeffer.

State police kept the Gonzalezes’ relationship—if any—a secret from the public.

At approximately 9:37 p.m. on Tuesday, a state police trooper attempted to stop the Challenger for reckless driving close to East Washington Street and Mithoeffer Road.

State police said in a news release, “The driver refused to stop and a pursuit continued for approximately 12 minutes, routing on several city streets while heading east out of Indianapolis and into rural areas of Hancock County.”

The motorist continued to act aggressively and recklessly, and state police reported that he was heading back into more populated sections of Indianapolis, so the pursuit was called off around 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

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