Editor's note: The original version of this story misspelled the victim's name.
A 37-year-old Kokomo man died after a Saturday night crash at Boulevard and Park Road and police say the 21-year-old who hit him was intoxicated and tried to leave the scene.
At about 7:28 p.m. Saturday, Kokomo Police Department officers responded to a report of a serious wreck at the intersection.
The initial investigation revealed 21-year-old Char’Dae Avery of Kokomo was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer southbound on Park Road at a high rate of speed, according to a statement from police.
Avery disregarded a stop sign at Boulevard and Park Road and collided with a Dodge Stratus traveling eastbound on Boulevard. The Dodge Stratus was driven by Matthew Foutch, whose vehicle was struck on the driver’s side. Foutch was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital where he later died from blunt force trauma.
Kokomo Police Maj. Brian Seldon said witnesses remarked that speed played a factor in the crash, estimating that the car was traveling faster than the posted speed limit.
After the crash, Avery allegedly attempted to walk away from the scene but was detained by witnesses.
Avery was arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, a class B felony; attempted leaving the scene after an accident resulting in death, a class B felony; resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor. Avery was not injured.
Seldon, who knew Foutch through attending church together, said his death is a huge loss to the community.
“He was just an all-around good individual,” Seldon said. “This is going to affect a lot of people. When incidents like this happen, it always affects a lot of individuals.”
This accident remains under investigation by the Kokomo Police Department and the Howard County Coroner’s Office. Anyone with information concerning this accident is asked to contact Officer Troy Hintz or Officer Greg Smith at 765-459-5101.