A devastating accident on I-865 during Wednesday morning’s commute took the life of a young man and injured a father in another vehicle. The two vehicles, a Volkswagen Jetta and a Chrysler Town & Country minivan, struck each other head on after the driver of the Jetta, Max Watters, drifted across the grassy median and into oncoming traffic.
The force of the accident was so strong that it tore the Jetta in two, causing Watters to have to be extricated from the remains of the vehicle by the emergency responders. A medical helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but all onsite assistance was given by paramedics. Watters was immediately transferred to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, but was unfortunately pronounced dead later in the day. He was 23 years old. Watters, a resident of Zionsville, was originally from Concord, New Hampshire, and graduated from Indiana University, after studying telecommunications. He was employed in the field of advertising and web design.
The driver of the minivan, Jonathon Sherrill, 33, from Franklin, Indiana, and his two young daughters, ages two and four, were also transported from the scene of the accident to St. Vincent Hospital. Sherrill was found to have serious but not life-threatening injuries to his leg and face. The girls were completely unharmed, which Indiana state police credit to the proper installation and use of their car seats, which are believed to have saved their lives. All three were released later that day. Both cars suffered catastrophic damage. It is not known at this time what factors may have contributed to the tragic accident.
The fatal accident occurred at 8:35 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, in the eastbound lanes and closed the interstate until approximately 10:45 a.m., when police reopened all lanes of I-865.