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135 N Pennsylvania, Suite 1175
Indianapolis, IN 46204
765-288-6041

 

The Indiana State Police Post in Indianapolis is requesting assistance from the commercial vehicle industry in identifying a vehicle and or driver that fled the scene of a crash after striking and fatally injuring a man that was working on his vehicle.
The crash occurred on 11/29/2016 on Indianapolis’ south side on I465 eastbound at the 0.8 mile marker at approximately 8:10 am.  The suspect vehicle is a dark red or maroon, newer model, Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Detective Joshua Graves is asking that any commercial vehicle operator that may have been in the area and can provide any additional information on the hit and run driver or vehicle, contact him at 317-899-8577.
Additionally, Det. Graves asks that any operator of a commercial vehicle that is equipped with a dash camera review their footage from around that time and see if the camera may have captured images that may be useful in identifying the hit and run driver or vehicle.
Again, anyone with information may contact Detective Joshua Graves at the Indianapolis Post, 317-899-8577.    
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*Update-Pedestrian on I-465 Killed by Hit and Run Driver-Update*

Indianapolis, IN- Indiana State Police investigators working the hit and run fatal crash this morning on I-465 EB at the .08mm have obtained additional information.

Included in this release is a still photo obtained from a dash cam video supplied to detectives by a professional driver traveling on I-465 WB near the crash scene at approximately the time the crash occurred. On the left side of the photo is what appears to be a red Ford pickup with possible damage to the right side. This is a description of the pickup that witnesses reported left the scene after the crash.

Further information has revealed that the red Ford pickup may have been speeding on EB I-465 just prior to the crash which occurred between 8:10 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Detectives are asking anyone EB that may have witnessed this or perhaps any other professional drivers with dash cams that may have been passed by the pickup truck and have a possible video to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. (8477)

Also, if you stopped at the scene of the crash but left prior to speaking to officer’s, investigators are asking you to contact them, even if you believe what you witnessed may not be pertinent.

All callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

The original release from this morning is included below.
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Pedestrian on I-465 Killed by Hit and Run Driver

Indianapolis, IN- A hit and run crash this morning on I-465 just after rush hour has claimed the life of a Rushville, IN man.

This morning at approximately 8:15 a.m. Indiana State troopers were notified of a personal injury crash on I-465 EB at the .08 mm (approximately one half mile west of I-65 SB).

Preliminary crash investigation and witness statements revealed that a crane being operated by Jeffrey A. Smith, 53, of Rushville IN, had mechanical issues and was parked on the right shoulder emergency berm of I-465 EB at the .08mm.The drivers’ side of the crane, or left side, was seven feet off of the right lane of I-465 with the emergency flashers activated. A mechanic from R.H. Marlin Inc., the owner of the crane, had arrived in a separate vehicle and was under the crane making repairs. Mr. Smith was standing on the emergency berm between the crane and the right lane of I-465.

According to witness accounts, a red or maroon Ford pickup truck went off the right side of I-465 onto the emergency berm and struck Mr. Smith with the front right of the vehicle. The pickup did not stop and continued EB on I-465. It is unknown at this time why the driver did not stop. The pickup should have extensive front right side damage. Mr. Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. The mechanic was not injured.

Indiana State Police crash Reconstructionist and the Marion County Coroner’s office continue with the investigation. An autopsy will be performed on Wednesday.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact crime stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous.

Investigating Officers: Trooper Taylor McCluskey, Master Trooper Shana Kennedy, Sergeant Dave Henson, Lieutenant Jeff Payne, Sergeant Jason Miller, F/Sgt. Richard Myers, Detective Harris Smith and Detective Josh Graves

Assisting Agencies: Hoosier Helper, Indianapolis Fire Department, Marion County Coroner’s Office

To:                  ITWA Members

From:             Bart Giesler

Date               November 27

Re:                  Meeting with BMV and Revenue on December 7/Ballot for Election

Included this Hook & Winch mailing you will find the ballot for ITWA’s officer election.  Please return via mail – fax – email or in person prior to the Annual meeting on December 7.

Before the December 7 annual meeting ITWA has requested a public meeting with the Indiana BMV and Department of Revenue.  The meeting will be held at the Indiana Government Center North at the BMV’s Conference room.  The meeting will be held on December 7 at 3:00 pm.  The meeting is open to the public and the purpose is to go over changes as they relate to the use of an auctioneer and changes in sales tax collection for sales and non-sales at auctions.

BMV has asked ITWA for a preliminary headcount to make sure that we have adequate space.  If you have any questions that you want asked, but do not want to ask them, those questions can be sent to ITWA in advance and we will ask them anonymously.  Please send your questions and if you plan to attend to ITWA at 317/638-7976 or bgiesler@wswi.com.

We will meet in the lobby of the Indiana Government Center North (100 N Senate Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204) and go up to the BMV’s reception area,they will take us as a group to the conference room.  I plan to leave the lobby at 2:55 pm – so please be on time.

 

The Indiana State Police have developed a “Daily Crash Prediction Map” that uses factors including time, weather and traffic to predict accident locations. This could be a very valuable tool for our tow truck drivers; take a look at the map below.

Daily Crash Prediction Map


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Indiana State Police: District 52 Tow Rotation Application


Move Over Indiana!

ITWA has started a new campaign to raise awareness of a little-known Indiana law. If you are driving and see a tow truck pulled off to the side of the road with lights on, you MUST move to the far lane, or if that’s not possible, slow down significantly. Let’s spread awareness to keep our tow truck drivers safe!

Helping out with the cause is easy. Just visit, like and SHARE our facebook page about the campaign, and feel free to share any personal stories or messages there. We are also looking for more content for the page- send us a message with any news articles or ideas. Thank you!

 

Thanks to the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization for making this great PSA, share this and their other great PSA’s with your friends!


FAST Act and Towing Rotation Rates & Electronic Logging Devices

How will these affect our industry?

CLICK HERE for the McGovern Law Firm letter explaining the change

CLICK HERE for the TRAA analysis of rule

CLICK HERE for the rule

 


 

BMV Mechanic Lien Packet: Click Here


If you would like to attend an IN-Time class please click here for registration information.

 


 

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