Pedestrian struck on Interstate 465 near 56th Street on Indianapolis' northeast side

Police: Man jumped into traffic

INDIANAPOLIS - A man struck on Interstate 465 on Indianapolis' northeast side was likely trying to commit suicide, state police said.

The incident happened just after 12:30 p.m. Friday in the northbound lanes near 56th Street.

The man was later identified as Benjamin Cook, 30, of Indianapolis.

Police said Cook was seen standing on the right emergency lane shoulder watching traffic, when he suddenly jumped in front of a car driven by Cheryl L. Wright, 46.

"The man, after being struck, ran across all SB lanes, crossed the concrete median wall and collapsed," police said in a statement.

Cook was taken to Methodist Hospital with leg, back and head injuries. 

The driver of the car, Cheryl Wright, 46, of Indianapolis was not injured and troopers do not suspect any impairment of the driver, police said.

All southbound lanes were closed for about 45 minutes after the crash.

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