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Indianapolis Officer Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Accident

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Elsie Aniekwe2 years ago

An Indianapolis officer could face criminal charges following a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred late Thursday evening.

About the Fatal Indianapolis Pedestrian Accident

According to the Washington Post, 911 dispatchers received a call concerning a man in dark clothing waking in traffic. Within five minutes of the initial call, emergency crews received a call from off-duty officer Bernardo Zavalza reporting that he had hit a pedestrian.

The seven-year police veteran was in his police cruiser when the accident occurred. The unidentified pedestrian was pronounced dead despite attempts by Zavalza and paramedics to revive him.

Investigators noted that Zavalza smelled of alcohol and a blood test was taken to determine Zavalza’s blood alcohol level. Results are pending.

Should testing reveal Zavalza was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, the officer faces termination as well as criminal charges. Zavalza has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

National Auto Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 33,561 people were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2012 – a 3.3-percent increase from the 32,479 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in 2012:
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 10,332 traffic fatalities in 2012.
  • An additional 2,362,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2012.


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