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Cloverdale High School senior dies in weekend I-70 crash in Plainfield

Teen honored by neighboring schools' athletic teams
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Posted at 6:46 PM, Mar 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-29 20:14:10-04

PLAINFIELD — An 18-year-old Cloverdale High School senior was killed and three other people were injured when her vehicle collided with another while entering an intersection of Interstate 70.

Sydney Willis, of Cloverdale, was transported to Eskenazi Hospital, where she was pronounced dead Monday afternoon, according to Plainfield police Lt. Gary Tanner.

Police were called at about 2 p.m. Saturday for a crash at the intersection of southbound Ind. 267 eastbound I-70.

There, they determined the 56-year-old driver of a Ford pickup truck was heading southbound on Ind. 267 while the driver of a Volkswagen that Willis was a passenger in headed eastbound from I-70 to Ind. 267, Tanner said.

The Ford driver was transported to Hendricks Regional Health. while the Volkswagen driver and another passenger in the car with Willis — both juveniles — were transported to Riley Hospital.

Police said they are still investigating the exact circumstances of the crash.

On Sunday, Cloverdale High School students held a vigil at the school's softball field for Willis and the others involved in the crash. Willis played on the school's softball, volleyball and golf teams, said Cloverdale Community Schools Superintendent Greg Linton.

"Sydney was a great student and was a friend to everyone. She will be missed by the Cloverdale family. We continue to pray for the family," Linton said via email.

Counselors at the district's middle and high schools have provided counseling this week to help students and staff through the grieving process.

Meanwhile, neighboring schools are paying tribute to Willis and condolences to her community.

In a Tuesday Facebook post, Greencastle Athletics announced its softball players will wear honorary T-shirts during its April 19 game against Cloverdale.

"Greencastle athletics would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the entire Cloverdale community after their tragic loss of softball player Sydney Willis. Please continue to pray for the other two individuals that were in the same accident and are recovering," Greencastle Athletics wrote in the post.

Greencastle High School's softball team also offered condolences to Willis's teammates.