UPDATE: ISP investigating after fatal crash on I-70 in Plainfield, believed to be weather-related
PLAINFIELD, Ind. — ISP is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on I-70 in Plainfield Saturday. Investigators believe road conditions and speed were factors in this crash.
At around 10 a.m., authorities responded to the eastbound lane of I-70, just west of the I-465 interchange on the west side on the report of a crash.
Master Trooper Shanna Kennedy, with the Indiana State Police, said two vehicles slid off the roadway, shortly before a third vehicle, driven by Rafael Ramirez, slid off the road and rolled several times.
Marshall Gale, 78, was a backseat passenger in that vehicle. Gale was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. The 78-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ramirez was transported to Eskenazi Hospital to be checked out. Upon his release, he was arrested for driving while suspended, causing death.
On Saturday in the Indianapolis area, Troopers responded to 43 crashes, four of which resulted in injuries and two resulted in fatalities.
A majority of the crashes were caused by high rates of speed in icy road conditions.
ISP would like to remind drivers that during the snowy season, drivers should reduce speed, increase following distance and prepare for rapidly deteriorating road conditions.