Indianapolis man dies in crash on I-465


INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis man died after crashing in the northbound lanes of I-465 early Friday morning.

The crash happed at the 11 mile-marker around 1 a.m.

Upon arrival, the first trooper found the driver entrapped in the wreckage and unresponsive.

The Indianapolis Fire Department and EMS responded to the crash. Despite their best lifesaving efforts, Dustin Gilmer, 29, of Indianapolis died at the scene.

Police say a preliminary investigation leads them to believe Gilmer drove his van off the right side of the road for unknown reasons, then came back across all four lanes and struck the concrete median divider. There were no other occupants in the vehicle and no other vehicles involved.

This investigation is ongoing. Investigators do not suspect alcohol to be a factor in the crash.

Gilmer was an employee for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works. Indy DPW Director Dan Parker released the following statement:

It is with a heavy heart I share the news that Dustin Gilmer, DPW Employee and Office of Disability Affairs Manager, has passed. Early this morning, Dustin was involved in a single-vehicle accident on I-465 and did not survive. His aide and faithful canine companion, Carver, also perished in the accident.

Those who knew Dustin will remember him for his incredible personality, his infectious attitude, and his commitment to making Indianapolis a better place. He joined the city’s Office of Disability Affairs as an intern in 2015 and officially joined the team as a project manager one year later. Since then, he worked diligently to connect Indianapolis citizens with disabilities to city services and resources to improve their quality of life.

As a proud Ball State Alumni, he was dedicated to his work, driven in his community partnerships, and truly never met an obstacle he couldn’t surpass. Dustin loved this city, his Indianapolis Colts, and everyone he met. Our department, and our community, are better places because of him. We are grateful for his and Carver’s service to the city of Indianapolis and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and loved ones.

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