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Illinois couple killed after SUV falls from Indianapolis parking garage, officials say

An SUV plunged four stories from a Indianapolis parking garage Wednesday morning, killing a married couple inside the vehicle, media outlets report.

Police and firefighters rushed to the downtown Market Square Center parking garage after the SUV fell and landed on its roof about 10 a.m., the Indianapolis Star reported.

“(I heard) a crash, heard a boom,” Robby Hancock, who works nearby, told the newspaper. “Then I kind of flinched, looked up and back and seen the concrete coming and the car coming behind it. The car just kind of came out, flipped over and came straight down and just crashed.”

A man and a woman inside the vehicle died, WXIN reported.

They were identified Thursday as Chicago-area residents Iristeen Hunt, 70, and Charles Hunt, 73, from University Park, Illinois, The Associated Press reported. Fire officials said Iristeen Hunt was driving, the AP reported.

Fire officials called it a “tragic accident” in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon. Pictures showed the smashed black SUV flipped on its roof after it drove off the parking garage.

The SUV fell four floors, and a picture shows a section of the outer wall of the building apparently broken out, WIBC reported.

The fire and police departments are investigating the cause of the deadly fall, WISH reported.

“We have a lot more unanswered questions than we do answered at this point,” fire department spokeswoman Rita Reith said, according to WISH.

The city’s code enforcement was at the scene to determine whether the structure is safe, WXIN reported. The alleyway was closed to pedestrians while crews cleaned up the scene, WTHR reported.

Video released by the fire department showed the smashed SUV on top of a slab of concrete from the parking garage building.

Another tweet included a photo of where the SUV had plowed through the cement barrier and plunged to the ground.

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Chacour Koop is a Real-Time reporter based in Kansas City. Previously, he reported for the Associated Press, Galveston County Daily News and Daily Herald in Chicago.
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