Police blame speed, driver distractions for I-69 dangers

Fatal accident on I-69 killed Fishers man Monday

FISHERS, Ind. - There are renewed concerns about a busy stretch of freeway following a fatal accident Monday afternoon.

Interstate 69 through Hamilton County is one of the state's busiest roads, and when the amount of traffic is factored in with construction, modern distractions in the car and people driving too fast, accidents happen.

When 38-year-old Michael Peed of Fishers was killed Monday, the husband and father was sitting in traffic when another vehicle failed to stop and struck his car pushing it into the path of a semi.

State police had to tell Peed’s family what happened.

“It's one of the worst things in the world. It's one of the saddest parts of our job. There are many aspects of this job that I enjoy thoroughly in my 27 years here and I'd do them many times over. If I never had to do that again, it'd be great," Sgt. Rich Myers with the Indiana State Police said.

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, between 90,000 to 200,000 people travel I-69 through Hamilton County daily, and it seems the highway’s reputation is widely known.

Ty Williams just moved from northwest Indiana.

“I hear it's congested. A lot of traffic and a lot of people speed on 69," Williams said.

Factor in what seems like perpetual construction and police say that combination is potentially dangerous.

“It's hysterical because I think that it's the congestion and traffic going to and fro is the major problem I see, and sometimes when you come off the exits it's insane," said Indianapolis resident JP Smith.

State police sound a familiar warning to all drivers to put away cell phones and remember that texting and driving is illegal in Indiana.

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