Marian University baseball player killed in wrong-way crash on I-65

Brebeuf's Eric Petruzzi lets out a holler as he triples and drives in two runs in the fifth inning during their 5-2 win over North Central in the County baseball tournament at Victory Field in Indianapolis on Saturday, May 17, 2014/Photo from IndyStar's Charlie Nye

Brebeuf’s Eric Petruzzi lets out a holler as he triples and drives in two runs in the fifth inning during their 5-2 win over North Central in the County baseball tournament at Victory Field in Indianapolis on Saturday, May 17, 2014/Photo from IndyStar’s Charlie Nye

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —  A Marian University student died in a wrong-way crash that slowed traffic through Indianapolis Thursday morning.

Indiana State Police identified the driver as Eric Petruzzi, 20, Carmel. Mark Apple, a spokesman for the university, confirmed that Petruzzi was a Marian student. Petruzzi was a sophomore who played baseball at the university.

Indiana State Police identified the driver as Eric Petruzzi, 20, Carmel. Mark Apple, a spokesman for the university, confirmed that Petruzzi was a Marian student. Petruzzi was a sophomore who played baseball at the university. He graduated from Brebeuf High School and had transferred to Marian from Regis University in Denver, Colo.

Apple released a statement for the university:

“The Marian University community was deeply saddened to learn that one of our students, Eric Petruzzi, was tragically killed in a car crash early this morning. Eric was a sophomore majoring in business management and a member of the Knights baseball team. Our most heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Eric’s family and friends, as well as his coaches and professors. The university is providing grief counseling on campus to all students, staff and faculty.”

The crash happened near the 21st Street exit on I-65 around 1 a.m. Police were dispatched after getting reports of a crash with multiple vehicles.

4 Fast Facts

  • Marian University student killed in early morning crash
  • Car was going wrong way on I-65 when it hit a semi truck head-on
  • Two people in the truck were not seriously hurt
  • The interstate was closed for hours for the investigation and cleanup

Police said Petruzzi’s 2012 Nissan was going northbound in the southbound lanes when it hit a semi truck head-on.

The driver of the car was pronounced dead. The semi truck driver, Petr Kilimmik of Virginia, was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

Kilimmick submitted to an alcohol test, and results are pending. Police said there were no indications that Kilimmick was under the influence. Toxicology tests have also been ordered for Petruzzi, police said. It will take several weeks before the results of both blood tests are available.

The crash closed the interstate for six hours while police investigated and crews cleaned up the scene. Two lanes reopened around 6:20 a.m. The left lane and shoulder reopened before 7:30 a.m.

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