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One dead, multiple juveniles injured in wrong-way crash following pursuit on I-465 ramp at Rockville Road

Deadly Crash 465 Ramp at Rockville Road 91722
Posted at 11:56 AM, Sep 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-20 10:17:36-04

UPDATE: Three people have now died from injuries they suffered in this crash. The Marion County Coroner's Office identified them as Georgia Tetmeyer, 12; Cody Lemasters, 35; and William Tetmeyer, 40. Lemasters was the suspected wrong-way driver.

INDIANAPOLIS — One person is dead and multiple others are seriously injured after a wrong-way crash on the entrance ramp to I-465 off Rockville Road following a police pursuit.

Multiple units from Wayne Township, Decatur Township, Indianapolis and Indiana State Police responded to the scene around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer William Young says the crash happened following a police pursuit.

According to Young, officers from the IMPD SW District Violence Reduction Team and Violent Crimes Task Force were conducting an investigation prior to the pursuit. During the course of the pursuit, the suspect vehicle fled northbound in the southbound lanes of I-465. Preliminary information suggests that at least one officer followed the suspect onto the interstate before the pursuit was terminated by the on-shift supervisor.

The suspect continued to flee the wrong direction on I-465 after the pursuit was terminated and attempted to exit the interstate going the wrong direction on the SB entrance ramp at Rockville Road, striking the other vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Three others inside that vehicle, including at least two juveniles, were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The wrong-way driver was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Young says multiple witnesses stayed on the scene to provide information to investigators.

During the course of the incident, body camera footage was also activated and will be reviewed, according to Young.

Preliminary information shows that the suspect, who has not yet been identified, was wanted on multiple warrants including ones for being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, dealing methamphetamine and an open parole violation.

The crash remains under investigation by IMPD accident investigators.