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Two killed in separate crashes on Interstate 74 on southeast side of Indianapolis

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Posted at 8:44 AM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 00:42:10-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Two people died in separate crashes early Sunday morning on Interstate 74 on the southeast side of Indianapolis.

Indiana State Police said a pedestrian was struck and killed a short time after dispatchers received calls at 12:45 a.m. reporting a vehicle in the ditch on I-74 eastbound at the 95 mile marker. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marion County Chief Deputy Coroner Alfie McGinty identified the man as 40-year-old Shawn Davis.

Investigators believe the man was the driver of the vehicle that was found in the ditch and that impairment could be a factor in the crash.

State police said the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Eastbound I-74 was closed for four hours while the crash was investigated.

Nearly two hours after the first crash, a second fatal crash happened less than a half-mile away at the 94.6 mile marker of I-74 westbound.

State police said the driver of an eastbound semi-tractor trailer was doing a U-turn through the crossover due to the interstate closure from the earlier crash when a motorist in a westbound passenger vehicle collided with the semi as it entered the westbound lanes.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.

A 36-year-old woman was killed in the crash, McGinty said. The office is still working to positively identify the woman.

The westbound lanes of I-74 near Post Road reopened just after 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Both crashes are still under investigation.