Noblesville man dies after crash involving suspected drunk driver

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A crash on I-465 involving a suspected drunk driver resulted in the death of a Noblesville man early Monday morning.

According to Indiana State Police, emergency crews were called to an accident on I-465 eastbound near Michigan Road around 2:30 a.m. First responders found two inverted vehicles–one on the right shoulder of the interstate and one in the ditch. David Kriehn, 66, was the driver of the vehicle in the ditch. Kriehn, who was ejected from his Honda as it rolled several times, was rushed to St. Vincent Hospital and later died from his injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle, 35-year-old Elizabeth Vargas-Hernandez of Indianapolis, was not injured. There were three passengers in the Nissan who were checked and released by medics at the scene.

Preliminary investigation and witness statements led police to believe Vargas-Hernandez was traveling at a high rate of speed in the right lane when she came upon the Honda. Vargas-Hernandez’s car struck the rear of Kriehn’s Honda, causing it to slide off the road and flip several times. The Nissan also flipped over and came to rest on the right shoulder.

Based on the investigation Vargas-Hernandez was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death. She was also cited for operating a vehicle without ever receiving a driver’s license. A blood draw was taken for blood alcohol content, and those results are pending.

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