A 26-year-old woman from Hillsboro was killed early Monday morning in an accident on Interstate 74, just north of Crawfordsville at mile marker 32.5.
Christina Mendoza was pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner. According to Indiana State Police Mendoza was driving a 2013 Dodge Journey when she hit a deer. That disabled her car in the right lane and a 2019 Kenworth being driven by Kenneth M. Dusharm, 55, of Carmel did not see the disabled vehicle and struck it in the rear, pushing it through the median and across the eastbound lanes. It came to rest in the ditch on the south side of the interstate, blocking both lanes of traffic. Police said that the Dodge did not have working lights after hitting the deer.
Dusharm was not injured. The truck he was driving is owned by Dusharm Transport out of Hoffman Estates, Ill. Police said conditions at the time of the accident were wet with light fog.
The accident occurred around 7:20 Monday morning and shut down the interstate eastbound for more than four hours for re-construction of the crash, caring for the injured and cleanup.
The crash was investigated by Trooper Doug Feazel with assistance from Trooper Dave Millburg. Assisting at the scene was Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, Sergeant Roger Dickison of the ISP Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division, INDOT and Wilson’s Towing.