UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (CBS) — A couple from south suburban University Park was killed in a freak accident this week, when their car plunged from a fourth-story parking garage in Indianapolis.
Charles Hunt, 73, was a Vietnam veteran. He and his wife, Iristeen – or Iris, 70 – were active in the local VFW Post 311 in University Park. Those who knew them well were left in mourning.READ MORE: "I Didn't Look At It As Success At All': Community Groups Said Their Voices, Projects Not Included In Crime Prevention Plans
“Charles was the fun guy,” said VFW hall house manager Willie Goodson, a friend of the Hunts’.
Charles Hunt was also a retired Chicago Transit Authority Employee. He and Iris spent a lot of his time at the VFW hall.
“We were in Vietnam together,” said Larry Woolridge. “He was a well-known character.”
But of course, stories of battle were not the topic of conversation Thursday night. Instead, the focus was on the Hunts and their tragic accident.
WTTV-TV CBS 4 in Indianapolis reported around 9:50 a.m. Wednesday the couple’s brown 2013 Lincoln MKX was headed south in the Market Center Garage in downtown Indianapolis when it hit the left rear corner of a parked car, struck the parking garage wall, and plunged to the ground.
9:50 AM – Tragic accident kills two adults in car after vehicle drives off 4th floor parking garage at 222 E Market, inverts and lands in alley. #IFD Heavy Extrication and Collapse Rescue Team dispatched to scene. @IMPDnews investigating. pic.twitter.com/5qfXaLhQoEREAD MORE: Child In Critical Condition After Being Pulled Out Of Pond At Lake In The Hills Golf Course
— IFD NEWS (@IFD_NEWS) October 23, 2019
The car landed upside down on its roof, killing the Hunts.
“That really hit me right then – what happened? Why did the car go off the parking lot? What happened? Did the accelerator stop or hang up or what?” Woolridge said.
“Just shock, just shock – the way it happened and how it happened,” Goodson added.
In May, video captured one of the Hunts’ final dances as they celebrated Iris’ 70th birthday in May. It is a moment their other family at the VFW holds onto.
“I lost a buddy,” Woolridge said, “a fishing buddy.”MORE NEWS: Woman Found Dead In Car In Lincoln Park Died From Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Autopsy Finds
The Hunts were in Indianapolis visiting a sick relative. As of Thursday night, police had not determined the circumstances surrounding the crash or what led up to it, but were calling it accidental.