This morning, just after midnight, emergency responders were called to the scene of a single-vehicle crash along I-465 eastbound near Ditch Road (28.7mm).
Upon arrival, first responders located a Kia Optima heavily damaged in the ditch on the south side of I-465 and two people were entrapped.
The Indianapolis Fire Department worked hastily to extricate both occupants, the male driver was alert and conscious and the female passenger was unconscious.
Both patients were rushed to the hospital by EMS.
Despite life-saving efforts, the female passenger, 24-year-old Qua Dasia Keone Hill of Indianapolis, was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Investigators believe the driver, 26-year-old Dailon Downing of Indianapolis, was impaired and under the influence of narcotics when the crash occurred.
Downing drove the 2015 Kia off the side of the road, struck a crash attenuator barrier at the base of an overhead information sign, then spun into the ditch and struck a tree.
Downing was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, a blood draw to test for intoxication was conducted. The investigation into his impairment is ongoing.
All criminal actions mentioned above are alleged and all suspects are considered innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. Troopers will work with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to determine criminal charges.