INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – One person died after a crash on the northwest side of Indianapolis Monday morning.
According to Indiana State Police, Kerry Dunlavey, 61, of Rossville Indiana was unresponsive when Pike Township Fire Dept. responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. The Marion County Coroner’s Office will conduct a death investigation including tests for any drugs or alcohol.
The crash happened around 5:15 a.m. on I-65 southbound near 71st Street. Indiana State Police say their preliminary investigation indicates unsafe speeds and unsafe vehicle movement are to blame.
“One vehicle sideswiped the other,” said Trooper Cameron Bottema. That vehicle then ran off the side of the interstate, cleared a chain link fence and flipped onto its roof. Emergency crews pointed to damage on the trees roughly 15 feet up, indicating the car became airborne before flipping over.
The 22-year-old driver and passenger of the sideswiped sedan were unharmed. They came to a stop in the paved shoulder near the crash site and spoke with investigators with several hours. Trooper Bottema says the driver will submit to a chemical test due to Indiana’s implied consent law.
Traffic along I-65 South slowed as crews worked to investigate the scene. Drivers were advised to take alternate routes during rush hour until the damaged car was removed from the woods and towed off at around 9:30 a.m. Monday.