Merrillville woman dies in I-65 crash south of Walesboro


A Merrillville woman who was on track to graduate from the University of Louisville medical school this spring died in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 65 near Columbus.

Ashley P. Hinchen, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:30 p.m. accident Sunday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 about four miles south of the Walesboro exit, said Larry Fisher, Bartholomew County coroner.

Hinchen died from multiple trauma to the neck and chest, Fisher said. It did not appear she was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred, he said.

Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputies said Hinchen’s vehicle went off the roadway for an unknown reason and struck a guardrail and then went back into the southbound lanes, where it was struck by a southbound van.

The van was driven by Jonathon Achterhos, 35, of Holland, Michigan, according to the sheriff’s department. There was no information available about Achterhos or whether he was injured.

Jill Scoggins, who works in the medical school in Louisville, said Hinchen would have found out on national Match Day in March where she would be assigned to do her residency. She was scheduled to graduate from the medical school in May, according to school records.

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