Authorities: Same driver involved in crashes that killed mother of 4, ER doctor 3 weeks apart

INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) — A mother of four and an emergency physician were both reportedly killed by the same driver just three weeks apart in Indianapolis, court documents show.

Kelli Anderson, 55, was charged on Friday with one count of reckless homicide and six counts of criminal recklessness in the crash that claimed the life of 28-year-old Kiana Burns.

According to court documents, police were called to an accident involving multiple vehicles. At the scene, the police discovered eight vehicles involved in the accident and a seriously injured woman.

Reportedly, Anderson was driving a Lincoln SUV and rammed into stopped vehicles. Anderson told officers she traveled north and tried to avoid stopped vehicles by turning left before crashing into stopped traffic.

A witness said Anderson was traveling 50 to 60 miles an hour when she crossed the center median and swerved into traffic while waiting at a red light.

Court documents identify Burns as the driver of the first vehicle Anderson hit, a gray 2009 Pontiac G6, which was rammed by the Lincoln and pushed into a Toyota Corolla and a Subaru Forester. Burns was transported from the scene in serious condition.

“She was my best friend. We talked a lot every day,” Burns’ mother Denise Gatling said. “She called me about an hour and a half before the accident and I told her I loved her. at the end of this call.”

Denise said her daughter was on life support and never moved or even opened her eyes. Two days after the accident, Denise took her daughter off life support and donated her organs.

“It was totally avoidable,” Denise said. “It shouldn’t [have] past.”

When police spoke to Anderson in hospital after the crash, she reportedly told officers she was taking medication daily, including Topamax, due to “severe life-threatening allergies and epilepsy “.

When officers asked Anderson if she had any allergies before the crash, she reportedly told police, “Honestly, I passed out, because I don’t remember what happened.”

Detectives connect Anderson to other cases

During their investigation, detectives discovered that Anderson had been involved in another fatal accident three weeks earlier.

Police said Anderson was driving on May 19 when she crossed the center line and onto the curb. Investigators say she punched Dr. Brian Dillman on one of her daily walks. Dillman later died at an area hospital.

Court documents reveal that Anderson was released the day after the accident with a summary of: “Neurology explained to the patient that she was at high risk of harm to herself and/or others and that she would not shouldn’t drive for 6 months until cleared by a neurologist.” Medical records indicated that Anderson gave a verbal understanding of this summary.

Kiana Burns, left, and Dr. Brian Dillman, right. (Images courtesy of Denise Gatling and Franciscan Health)

“It’s two people killed three weeks apart,” Denise said. “It’s crazy. It’s crazy.”

Investigators said Anderson had five other at-fault crashes since August 2019.

On Friday, she was charged in the crash that killed Kiana. However, she does not face charges in the accident that claimed Dr. Dillman’s life.

Denise said she hoped Anderson would also be charged in Dillman’s death.

Kiana left behind four children, one of whom was born last year. Denise said the children missed their mother and her death had devastated the family.

“It’s tough, it’s tough watching them deal with their grief and me having to deal with mine only when I can,” Denise said. “We definitely got robbed. They got robbed. I got robbed.

Anderson is due in court for his first hearing on Tuesday.

We’ve reached out to the Dillman family for comment, but haven’t heard back.


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