GREENWOOD, Ind. (July 24, 2015)—A driver heading southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 in Greenwood early Friday afternoon was killed after driving straight into a semi, said Indiana State Police. The case is connected to a woman being lit on fire in Franklin.
Franklin police responded to the 100 block of Highland Avenue. At the scene, they found Amy Keever with serious burns over a large portion of her body. She was taken to Eskenazi Health.
At least one witness told police that the victim’s estranged husband, Donn Keever, is the one who lit her on fire. Police learned that he fled the scene in a red 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck.
Emergency crews responded to a crash around 1 p.m. on I-65, just north of the Greenwood Main Street Exit. Preliminary investigation found the driver of a red 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and driving the wrong way on I-65. Police have not yet identified the deceased as Keever.
Witnesses in Greenwood reported the driver of the Dodge Ram abruptly turned into the path of an oncoming semi-tractor trailer, causing a head-on crash. The crash caused the semi to flip onto its passenger side. The driver of the semi, 50-year-old Toby Klar, was not injured.
The driver of the Dodge Ram continued driving southbound and was struck by a Ford Escape, before coming to a rest against the concrete barrier wall and erupting into flames. The driver inside the Dodge Ram was unable to escape the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Johnson County Coroner’s Office. The driver of the Escape, 47-year-old Donald Whitney, was taken to Methodist Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities continue to investigate why the deceased driver was in the incorrect lanes.
The crash was the second fatal accident on I-65 Friday. Early Friday morning, a crash involving two semis, killed five people on I-65 in Lafayette. The deceased include a woman and her two children, a driver of a passenger car and a semi driver.