Pedestrian struck and killed on interstate


A 55-year-old man died Thursday night on Interstate 65 north of Uniontown after he was struck while walking away from his vehicle after it became stuck in the median.

David A. Buchanan of Stanwood, Michigan, was pronounced dead after he was hit while walking in the northbound lanes around 10 p.m. near the 43-mile-marker, according to a news release from Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

Police said Buchanan’s 2005 Chevrolet Silverado left the roadway for an unknown reason and became stuck in the median, according to Trooper Jacob Tolle of the Indiana State Police Versailles Post crash reconstruction team.

Police said Buchanan left the vehicle and walked northbound on the interstate, where he entered the lanes. He was then struck by a white 2018 Jeep driven by Franklin N. Reed, 23, of Nashville, Tennessee.

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, and the investigation is ongoing. Reed was not injured.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department and Jackson County Coroner’s Office.

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