An Indianapolis emergency room physician died Thursday after being struck by an SUV while walking on a sidewalk on the north side of the city, health officials and police said.
Police said officers responded to the collision near West 49th and Meridian streets just before 5 p.m. Investigators determined a pedestrian, later identified as Brian Scott Dillman, had been walking on the sidewalk when a driver in a GMC Acadia crossed lanes for "unknown reasons," drove over the curb and struck him.
Dillman was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital where he died shortly after arriving.
Franciscan Health officials on Friday said Dillman was a doctor for the health system’s Indianapolis Emergency Department and former Beech Grove hospital for 20 years. Officials in a statement called Dillman a “tireless professional” who was “deeply dedicated” to his patients.
“Franciscan Health is devastated to learn of the unexpected, tragic death of Dr. Brian Dillman,” the statement said. “Franciscan mourns Dr. Dillman’s passing, and our prayers, thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.”
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the driver of the Acadia in the crash continued down the sidewalk after mounting the curb, clipping the side mirror on a utility pole in the process.
Police said that’s when the driver struck Dillman and continued down the path, slamming into another utility pole, then a second vehicle, before coming to a stop. Police officials said the other car involved was heading west on West 49th Street and had stopped before the collision.
Both drivers were taken to hospitals for a blood draw, which is routine for fatal car collisions. Police have not announced any charges in the crash.
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