INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –A man was hit and killed while walking in traffic on northbound I-465 this morning just north of I-70.
Indiana State Police say the victim and semi-truck driver got into an accident. Both driver pulled to the side of the road, however, the driver of the passenger car exited his vehicle, and for unknown reasons, walked across the left two lanes of the interstate.
A third driver then hit the man who was in the roadway. He died at the scene. Investigators are still trying to determine why he walked into traffic.
“We’re not sure where he was struck, but he was in the roadway and was struck by another motorist that came by,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Shawn O’Keefe.
The left two lanes of I-465 were shut down for more than three hours as crews worked to clean up the crash.
State police say the crash and several other recent incidents can serve as safety reminders for drivers everywhere.
In a different incident, shortly after midnight on Thursday, a driver exiting 465 on the south side collided with a bicyclist on the East street off ramp. That driver sped away, while the victim of the hit and run was rushed to the hospital.
Last month in Hendricks County, a 68-year-old man from Martinsville died after police say he was hit by a semi on I-70 while walking along the interstate to help a stranded driver.
“The key to safety on the highway is you should never feel safe or comfortable,” said Sgt. John Perrine. “Pay attention to what’s important and that’s driving.”
For years Sgt. John Perrine has preached highway safety because state troopers, tow truck drivers, highway crews and other emergency responders are often hit by drivers while working on the interstates.
The State Police sergeant on scene at Friday’s crash said it’s almost always safer to stay in your car on the highway.
“If the vehicle is not on fire and it is in a safe location, stay in your vehicle because you are safer in your vehicle waiting for first responders then to be out walking along the roadway,” said O’Keefe.
Both the semi driver involved in the initial crash and the driver who hit and killed the victim stayed on scene and cooperated with investigators.