Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Officer Nathan Lincks was killed in a two-vehicle accident when his vehicle was struck head-on near the LaRue D. Carter Memorial Hospital.
He was en route to a Police Athletic League event at the Thatcher Community Center to coach a youth ball team when he noticed a man in a military uniform walking in the rain.
A 25-year-old Army soldier had just arrived by bus and Officer Lincks offered him a ride home. As they were eastbound at a traffic light, a city transit bus traveling westbound swerved to avoid a vehicle that had pulled into its path as it exited the hospital parking lot.
The bus crossed several lanes of traffic, skidding on the wet pavement and collided head-on with Officer Lincks' vehicle. He was killed instantly and his passenger died one hour later at Wishard Memorial Hospital.
Officer Lincks was survived by his wife and two young sons.
The responsibilities of the Indianapolis Police Department (1854–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.