Yesterday evening, February 7, 2019 at approximately 10:00 pm, the Indiana State Police responded to I-65 Northbound near the 43 mile marker to investigate a fatal crash involving a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.
The initial investigation by Trooper Jacob Tolle, Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, indicated a red 2005 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by David A. Buchanan, age 55, Stanwood, Michigan was traveling northbound on I-65. For an unknown reason, Buchanan’s vehicle left the roadway and entered the median where it became stuck. Buchanan left the vehicle and walked northbound on I-65.
Buchanan entered into the northbound lanes of I-65 where he was then struck by a white 2018 Jeep being driven by Franklin N. Reed, age 23, Nashville, Tennessee. As a result of the collision, Buchanan sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. Reed was not injured in the collision.
The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for approximately four hours for crash investigation and cleanup. Jackson County Animal Control responded to the scene and took possession of a dog that was left in Buchanan’s vehicle.
Toxicology results are pending on both Buchanan and Reed at this time.
The investigation is ongoing.
David Buchanan’s family has been notified.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Jackson County EMS, Vernon Township Fire Department, and Jackson County Coroner’s Office.