Big Rig Fatally Strikes Pedestrian Along I-65… Unanswered Questions Remain
Columbus, Indiana – After wrecking her SUV along I-65 on Monday morning, a motorist exited her vehicle and was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer.
Indiana State Police (ISP) said Jarlene Hargrove, 31, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was traveling southbound along I-65 near mile marker 58 on Monday at approximately 3:30 a.m., when her 2005 Cadillac SUV left the roadway and became stuck in the median.
ISP Trooper Matt Holley said Hargrove then exited her vehicle.
According to Holley, for “unknown reasons” Hargrove walked into the southbound lanes of I-65 where she was fatally struck by a Volvo tractor-trailer, driven by James E. Gause Jr., 49, of Marion, South Carolina.
Gause’s rig was then struck from behind by a southbound 2016 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Christopher A. House, 44, of Bardstown, Kentucky.
Hargrove was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office.
Neither Gause nor House were injured in the crash, according to authorities.
The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for nearly three hours for crash investigation and cleanup efforts.
Investigators are still searching for answers as to why Hargrove walked into the roadway.
Toxicology results on Hargrove, Gause, and House are all pending at this time.
The investigation is ongoing.
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