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Three dead after wrong-way driver crashes head-on into another car on Interstate 70

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Posted at 12:19 PM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-13 13:31:58-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Three people were killed after a wrong-way driver crashed into another car early Saturday morning on Interstate 70 in Indianapolis, according to state police.

Just after 4 a.m., an Indiana State Police trooper found a driver on the shoulder of Interstate 70 westbound facing the wrong direction, ISP Sgt. John Perrine said in a press release. As the trooper approached the car, the driver started driving in the wrong direction and crashed head-on into another car near Holt Road.

The trooper and an off-duty paramedic began to treat the unresponsive occupants in both cars.

The wrong-way driver, Aaron Negash, 28, of Indianapolis, the driver of the other car involved, Jepthah Lian, 34, of Indianapolis, and Lian's passenger, were killed in the crash Perrine said. The passenger's identity is being withheld as authorities notify their family out of Indiana.

According to a preliminary investigation, investigators believe alcohol or impairment may be a factor in the crash, but blood test results are pending at this time, Perrine said.

Last weekend, a 29-year-old of Greenwood was killed in a wrong-way, head-on crash on Interstate 65. On Jan. 10, one person was killed in a wrong-way, head-on crash on I-70 near Harding Street.

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