1 Killed, 1 Injured in I-865 Crash

A young man died and a father was injured in a tragic head-on crash between two vehicles during the Wednesday morning commute on I-865.


At 8:35 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, Max Watters of Zionsville, Indiana, was killed when his car crossed over the large grass median and hit an oncoming Town & Country minivan head on. Watters was 23 years old. The other driver, Jonathon Sherrill, 33, of Franklin, Indiana, was injured, with serious leg and facial injuries. Sherrill’s two young daughters, ages 2 and 4, were safely strapped into their car seats, and had no injuries at all, according to the Indiana state police. The police give credit to the proper use of car seats in the girl’s safety, believing them to have saved their lives. Sherrill and his daughters were transported to St. Vincent hospital in Indianapolis, but have been released as none of them were found to have life-threatening injuries.


The force of the crash was so powerful that Watters’ car, a white Volkswagen Jetta, was torn in half. He had to be extricated from the wreckage of the vehicle by the rescue personnel who arrived on the scene. Watters was pronounced dead later in the morning following transport to St. Vincent Hospital. Although a medical helicopter was dispatched to the scene, it did not remain on site and attempts to save Watters were performed by paramedics. Watters was the only occupant of the Jetta. Sherrill’s minivan was also highly damaged. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.


Watters, originally from Concord, New Hampshire, was a graduate of Indiana University, where he studied telecommunications. He worked in the field of web design and advertising.


The accident occurred on I-865 at mile marker three in the eastbound lanes, closing the interstate. By 10:45 a.m., all lanes of I-865 were reopened.