TAYLORSVILLE, Ind. -
A man walking along I-65 near Taylorsville was struck and killed by a semi-trailer overnight.
The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office reports at approximately 2:30 a.m. deputies responded to a report that a pedestrian had been struck in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 at the 69 mile marker.
Reports indicate the man, identified as 42-year-old Paul McGuire of Indianapolis, was walking in the roadway when he was struck by a semi-tractor trailer. He died at the scene.
Columbus Police say they picked up McGuire walking along I-65 near the 64 mile marker about an hour before the accident. They drove him to a business on State Road 46 where he could make arrangements to get a ride. But he apparently returned to the interstate on foot.
The driver of the semi-tractor trailer cooperated with investigators and was not injured. He was identified as Dwayne Smotherman, 44, of Indianapolis. He told State Police he was driving northbound on I-65 when he saw McGuire walking in the middle of the right lane of the interstate. Smotherman was unable to avoid striking McGuire. Toxicology results are pending for Smotherman, but at this point police don't believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 were shut down at the 68 mile marker during the investigation, be reopened around 5:00 a.m.
The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 were shut down for about two hours.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Columbus Police Department, Indiana State Police, Columbus Township Fire Department, Columbus Regional Hospital and the Coroner Larry Fisher.