Indy man killed in early-morning accident

An Indianapolis man was killed in an accident on Meridian Street on the southside after he got out of his vehicle to pick up items that had fallen onto the road.

Victor Risch, 74, was killed in the accident at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday near Banta Trail on the southside.

Police said Risch was leaving his home to work as a poll worker on Election Day. Risch was driving a rental car, and the door opened and some items fell out in the road.

Investigators suspect Risch turned his car around, stopped it in the middle turn lane, and got out to try to pick the items up. While he was out of his vehicle, he was struck by another vehicle, police said.

It’s not clear yet if he was hit by just one car or multiple vehicles. One driver stopped and was cooperating with police, and investigators do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. As is standard in fatal accidents, the driver will be tested for any substances in the system at the time of the crash, according to a news release from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Anyone who saw anything or has any information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

“If anybody knows anything about this, if there was anybody passing by, even if they think they know just a little bit, a little information on it, please give us a call. We’d be glad to talk to you. Even just a little information is helpful,” Sgt. Doug Heustis said.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.