9:49 AM EST, November 14, 2011
Two teenagers hit by a car are expected to recover, the families of both victims said.
Ram Kahm, 17, and Van Sang, 18, were crossing Madison Avenue (from east to west) when they were hit Saturday evening, police said.
According to detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, 70-year-old Tommy Fields, who was driving a white Pontiac, was in the left lane headed north when the accident happened.
"I'm just driving on Madison and all of a sudden and I look up and there was two guys on the hood and I hit my brakes that's all I could do,” said Fields. “I didn't have time to do anything else.”
Fields said he stopped and called 911.
"It kinda upset me,” said Fields. “In that one spot, yeah, it's real dark.”
Fields believed the two teenagers ran in front of the car and had possibly darted through a gap in the fence of an apartment complex in the area.
"I drove for 30 years for a company...and I may have had a fender, bender or two, but nothing serious," said Fields.
Kahm was released from Wishard Hospital early Sunday. His family said his back and the back of his head are bruised. With the help of someone who could translate, Kahm's mother said she is angry about what happened but understands it may be an accident. She feels saddened for the driver of the car and for her son as well.
Kahm's friend, Sang, is still in the hospital. Sang's cousin, Bawi Nawl said he has head injuries, the bone to his left eyebrow and part of his leg are broken. When it first happened Nawl said: "everybody [was] kinda shocked, saying 'Oh my God; Oh my God'".
According to Nawl, he believes Sang and Kahm had visited the Green Tree Apartments and were coming home when they were hit by a car. While Nawl does not know what really happened, he was told the two friends were not running, but standing. Meanwhile Fields is thankful the two teenagers are getting better.
"I'm glad they're getting better," said Fields.
IMPD does not believe alcohol was not a factor.