Police: Pedestrian bailed out of van before being fatally struck on I-65 in Clinton County
CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. – All lanes of I-65 in Clinton County were closed in both directions for hours after a fatal crash involving a pedestrian.
The incident occurred Friday around 2 p.m. on I-65 southbound near the 158 mile marker/ State Road 28 exit. A pedestrian, later identified as 23-year-old Lukas James Holm-Hansen, was crawling across the interstate and was struck by possibly two vehicles and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigators say the pedestrian who was a passenger in a red minivan, bailed out of the moving vehicle for an unknown reason. Then, the pedestrian apparently crawled across the northbound lanes, avoiding traffic, and crawled into the median before going under the cable barriers and into the southbound lanes.
Police say it is unclear and may never be known why Holm-Hansen jumped from the moving vehicle.
A red 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by James M. Novotny, 45 of Monticello, IN attempted to avoid hitting the pedestrian when he was rear-ended by a white 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Yang Lyn, 40 of Nashville, TN.
The minivan was then rear-ended by a silver 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Stephanie A. Cascio, 36 of Crystal Lake, IL. It appears that the Jeep and the Grand Caravan both hit the victim, who was pinned under the minivan.
No other injuries were reported. The identity of the deceased will be released once next of kin are notified. Police do not believe any of the drivers were impaired, but blood tests are pending.
All lanes were reopened by 7:15 p.m.