Arrests made in hit and run that killed three teenagers

INDIANAPOLIS –  On May 28, 2020, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Hit and Run Investigations Detectives with the assistance of the United States Marshall Service arrested 49-year-old Okadema Link and 24-year-old Shantiana Willis for their roles in the deaths of three juvenile pedestrians.

On May 23, 2020, at approximately 1:20 a.m., IMPD Northwest District officers responded to Kessler Boulevard North Drive and Nobscot Drive for multiple pedestrians struck.

Officers arrived and immediately located a crash scene involving at least two vehicles and three pedestrians struck.  Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) responded and pronounced 14-year-old David Evans, 13-year-old Tyjiana Velez, and 15-year-old Kierra Brown deceased at the scene.

Fatal Crash Investigators were called to the scene, where they began their investigation.  A third vehicle that had left the scene was located a short time later.  Preliminary findings lead investigators to believe speed and driver impairment are factors in this incident.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office will be assisting and will determine the exact manner and cause of death.  The Marion County Prosecutors Office will review the case and make a charging decision.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317.262.8477 or (TIPS).  Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to www.CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000 if the information leads to a felony arrest.  Only tips submitted directly and anonymously to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards.

A charge of a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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