INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (June 29 2015) -- It’s been a deadly week along Indiana interstates. Several deadly wrecks have left numerous victims dead and their family and friends mourning.
The wrecks also has state troopers reminding drivers to be careful on the highways.
“If you think a crash can’t happen to you, you’re wrong,” said Indiana State Police Capt. Dave Bursten.
A charred twisted mess marked the spot where five people died in a wreck on I-65 last week, including three members of the Buck family who were returning home from a trip to Chicago.
“To lose Jill and Branson and Aiden is catastrophic,” said family friend Kim Sharp.
Kim Sharp had been friends with Jill for a decade and loved Aiden and Branson like her own family.
State police say that deadly wreck was caused by a semi driver who didn’t slow down near a construction zone.
Troopers say speed and distracted driving are the top causes of all deadly wrecks.
“If you’re doing things that distract your attention, you’re greatly increasing the odds you’ll be involved in a crash,” said Bursten.
Another fatal wreck along I-70 claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy when his church van driven by Charles Goodman left the road.
State police say Goodman had been driving on a suspended license. That’s a crime troopers see more now than ever before.
“We find more and more people that are driving without a suspended license because they’re poor drivers who get pulled over multiple times and are given tickets,” said Bursten.
Still, Bursten admits it’s frankly impossible to know how many drivers are on the roads without a valid license.
“Until we develop a car that won’t start unless you have a license, that’s going to be a continuing problem,” said Bursten.
If nothing else, the deadly wrecks prove the importance of staying alert on the roads.
For those who know the accident victims like the Buck family, the accidents also put life in perspective.
“Life is fragile so handle it with care, because we don’t have the promise of the next moment,” said Sharp.