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Serious Accident on I-65 in Jasper County Required Two Airlift Helicopters – Sat Dec. 2
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Butch Crowder revealed that Cristopher A. McDowell (25), from Chicago, Illinois, was driving in a blue 2008 Saturn on I-65 north bound near the 223 mile marker. This is approximately three miles north of the 220 Fair Oaks exit. Passengers in the Saturn were Sharvella L. Hill (36) from Indianapolis, and one male juvenile (7).
Angelo B. Pinkney (56) from Woodridge, IL was driving a white 2008 International owned by Freight Exchange of North America LLC out of Chicago, IL on I-65 north bound in the right lane. The International was hauling one Fed Ex box trailer.
For an unknown reason, the Saturn drove off the roadway to the left, and entered the median area. The Saturn then traveled east (right) back onto I-65 and crossed back across both northbound lanes right when it was struck by the International. This caused the Saturn to spin out and go off the roadway to the right and into the ditch. The International then traveled off the roadway and also entered the ditch. The International and Saturn both came to a stop in the ditch east of I-65. McDowell, and Hill sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash, and were air lifted by Air Lutheran to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. The juvenile was wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash, and was taken to Franciscan Health Hospital in Rensselaer where he was later airlifted to Comers Children Hospital in Chicago with non-life threatening injuries.
Pinkney was not injured. I-65 was closed for approximately an hour to safely land the two helicopters. Traffic was directed off the interstate at the 220 Fair Oaks exit. I-65 was then re-opened to one lane to finish cleanup from 12:30 until 2:00 AM.
Assisting at the scene: Trp. Beaver, Trp. Brasseur, Trp. Carlson, Probationary Trooper Borsa, Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, Air Lutheran, Keener Township EMS and Fire, and Cheever’s Towing.
The Indiana State Police would like to remind drivers and occupants of all vehicles to wear their safety belts as required by law. By properly wearing you seatbelt, you greatly increase your chances of surviving a serious vehicle crash.
All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Press release from Indiana State Police.