Ashlynn Lisby, 23, was struck and killed in May 2020 by a police patrol car in Indianapolis, Indiana. At that time, she was more than eight months pregnant.
Lisby was struck as she and her boyfriend Marcus Lewis Jr. were walking on the shoulder of a street. An officer who was driving the car was allegedly speeding and made an illegal lane shift over a solid white line as he positioned his vehicle into the right turn lane and struck Lisby.
The child was born alive through an emergency cesarean section but died moments later. Lewis’ lawyers allege that IMPD attempted to cover up the incident by preparing a crash report that lists the primary cause of the accident as the “pedestrian’s action.” That crash report states that none of the officer’s actions played a contributing role in the accident.
In June 2021, Lewis filed a lawsuit against the city and the police department and demanded a compensation.
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“The accident report does not mention that Henderson was speeding, made an illegal lane shift, and was driving partially on the shoulder … when he struck Ashlynn,” according to the complaint.
“Marcus heard the impact, witnessed the immediate aftermath of this horrible accident, and tried to help Ashlynn,” the complaint reads. “Marcus still has nightmares about it more than a year later.”
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.