News and HeadlinesPublic Safety


Greenwood man dies in Wayne County crash

Generic Crash (1).jpeg
Posted at 10:13 PM, Jul 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-19 06:32:06-04

WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. — A 21-year-old Greenwood man died in a single-vehicle crash Sunday morning in Wayne County, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

He was identified as Justin Schmichel.

According to the sheriff’s office, at about 9:15 a.m. deputies responded to State Road 38, east of King Road, to a report of a crash.

Preliminary information indicated Schmichel was driving a 2018 Honda Civic eastbound on SR 38 when he drifted off the south side of the road for an unknown reason.

The car hit a guardrail, jumped over a small river and through a fence before becoming wedged between two trees.

Schmichel was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

Based on the estimated time of death from the coroner, the sheriff’s office said they believe the crash occurred around 2 a.m.

Authorities believe speed was a factor in the crash.

This is an ongoing investigation.