Deadly head-on crash closes one lane of I-70 on west side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 19, 2015)–One person was killed Saturday afternoon in a head-on interstate crash on the city’s west side.

Indiana State Police were called to the 73.3 mile marker of Interstate 70, which is about one mile west of Lynhurst Drive.

According to investigators, preliminary information indicates 75-year-old Martha Southwick of Terre Haute, IN was westbound on I-70 when her van came in contact with a large vehicle.

ISP crash reconstructionists found tire rub marks and wheel lug impressions on the right rear of the van indicating the contact caused the van to veer to the right.

Southwick reportedly overcorrected, crossed the grass median and struck an eastbound car head on.

The driver of the car, 41-year-old Chasity Montavo  of Greenwood and her front seat male passenger were transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical condition.

Southwick was pronounced dead at the scene.


The right hand lane of eastbound I-70 is closed  for two an a half hours for the investigation and crash clean-up that followed.

State Police are asking anyone with information about this crash should contact Trooper Justin Geltmaker at the Indianapolis post at 317-899-8577.

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