18-year-old pedestrian struck, killed Friday night in Noblesville


For the second time on Oct. 10, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Noblesville. The second accident took place east of Ind. 37 on 191st Street and claimed the life of Frank Jose Alvarenga, 18, of Noblesville.

At 11:43 p.m., police officers responded to the intersection of 191st Street and Golden Meadow Way. Based on preliminary information, NPD Spokesman Lt. Bruce Barnes said a 2007 Buick Rendezvous was traveling westbound on 191st Street near the intersection of Golden Meadow Way when the crash occurred.

“Witnesses state that just prior to the crash, a pedestrian was near the westbound lane of travel of 191st Street and was struck by the Buick. After being struck by the Buick, evidence suggests that the pedestrian was struck a second time by a 2000 Mercury Sable that was traveling eastbound on 191st Street,” he stated.

Barnes said each driver stopped immediately and attempted to provide aid.

Alvarenga suffered injuries as a result of the crash and was transported by ambulance to Riverview Health in Noblesville. Barnes said he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The driver of the Buick, Amy C. Leap, 26, of Noblesville, did not sustain any injuries; however she also was transported to Riverview Health to be checked out. There were five additional passengers in the Leap’s vehicle but none of them sustained any injuries. Gabrielle L. Shepherd, 22, of Noblesville, was driving the Mercury and did not sustain any injuries.

Barnes said 191st Street was closed between S.R. 37 and Golden Meadow Way for approximately three hours while investigators gathered information and spoke with witnesses. The case remains an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact accident investigator Sgt. Matt McGovern at 773-1300.

Earlier in the day, another motor vehicle accident sent one pedestrian to an Indianapolis hospital. At 11:17 a.m. Oct. 10, Noblesville police officers responded to the intersection of Eighth and Logan streets as a result of a car crash involving a pedestrian.

According to witness statements and evidence at the scene, officials said preliminary information suggests that a 2007 Ford Freestyle was traveling northbound on Eighth Street and was attempting to turn westbound onto Logan Street when the crash occurred. Witnesses said that just prior to the crash, a Curtis T. Jones, 37, of Brownsburg was walking northbound across Logan when he was struck. Police said Jones was walking within the boundaries and had the signal to cross at the time of the crash.

As a result of the crash, Jones was transported by ambulance to I.U. Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Police said his condition was unknown at this time.

The driver, Zoe L. Marks, 80, of Noblesville, did not sustain any injuries and the other passenger in the vehicle also was uninjured.

The intersection of Eight and Logan was closed for approximately 90 minutes while information was gathered and witnesses were interviewed by Accident Reconstruction Unit member. Police officials said it does not appear that alcohol or weather was a factor in the accident

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