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2 Chicago-area residents die after car falls from Indianapolis parking garage

The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as 73-year-old Charles Hunt and 70-year-old Iristeen Hunt, both of south suburban University Park.

Two University Park residents died Oct. 23, 2019, when their vehicle fell off of an Indianapolis parking garage.
Two University Park residents died Oct. 23, 2019, when their vehicle fell off of an Indianapolis parking garage.
Indianapolis Fire Department

Two Chicago-area residents died Wednesday in Indianapolis after their SUV fell several stories from a parking garage.

Charles Hunt, 73, and Iristeen Hunt, 70, both of south suburban University Park, were killed, the Marion County, Indiana coroner’s office said.

The pair were inside an SUV that drove off a downtown parking garage and plummeted three stories before landing on its roof, the Indianapolis Fire Department said in a statement.

A concrete barrier wall was knocked over from the fourth level of a parking garage in downtown Indianapolis, where two Chicago area residents died.
A concrete barrier wall was knocked over from the fourth level of a parking garage in downtown Indianapolis, where two Chicago area residents died.
Indianapolis Fire Department

The SUV knocked over a concrete wall that fell along with the SUV, the department said.

Fire crews responded at 9:50 a.m. to the garage at 222 E. Market St. and spent about a half hour removing the occupants, the department said. The woman, who was driving, and the man were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators determined the SUV was traveling on the third floor of the parking garage when, for an unknown reason, it struck a rear corner of an unoccupied vehicle before crashing through the wall of the garage and falling 20 feet, the department said.

A witness of the incident was taken to a hospital to be treated for shock symptoms, the department said.

The Indianapolis Police Department, which is investigating the incident, did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment.

The coroner’s office scheduled autopsies for Thursday afternoon.