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Deputies: Man steals vehicle, runs into traffic, hit & killed by semi driver on I-65

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Posted at 10:32 PM, Jun 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-03 16:55:07-04

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY — Bartholomew County authorities are investigating after a semi driver struck and killed a man from Indianapolis on Interstate 65 near the Taylorsville exit.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office says Cordell Jackson Jr, 39, allegedly stole a vehicle from a bystander and left the scene. That vehicle was found crashed about a half mile from the crash scene.

Deputies say Jackson exited the vehicle, jumped over the cable barrier located in the median and ran into oncoming traffic.

A semi driver was unable to stop, hitting and killing Jackson. Deputies say it is unknown why he ran into traffic.

Initially, it was thought that the semi hit a deer on the interstate, but later confirmed it was a person.

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The coroner's office said Jackson died at the scene from "massive head injuries."