CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. – For nearly three hours Tuesday, westbound I-70 near Cambridge City was closed after a driver died fleeing police.
A Hancock County Sheriffs deputy, assigned to the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement Team which patrols I-70 from State Road 9 to the Indiana/Ohio border, stopped Daniel Walter Lynn of Aurora, Colorado, at the 129 mile marker in Henry County shortly after 10 a.m.
“The officer approaches the vehicle then the suspect decided he didn’t want to stay around at that particular point in time,” said Chief Deputy Brad Burkhart, who indicated Lynn was stopped for following too close and weaving in and out of traffic. “When he observed the vehicle he thought there was some sort of impairment. When he actually observed him when he went by he stated that he seemed impaired in some fashion.”
The driver of the black Cadillac sped off as the deputy followed. Five miles away, at the 134 mile marker just inside the Wayne County line, the car became airborne and struck a white GMC truck driven by Fred and Sarah Haller of Beaver Creek, Ohio.
“The driver just said that he was driving down westbound I-70,” said Indiana State Trooper Eric Fields. “He didn’t say where he was going, but he was just driving along and said the vehicle just came across the median so quickly that he didn’t have time to react or do anything, he was hit head on and didn’t have time to react to the crash.”
The Hallers were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Burkhart said investigators will review Lynn’s toxicology reports and also dash camera video of the crash.
“Every day out here the officers take their lives in their own hands making these traffic stops,” he said.