An Indianapolis man was killed on Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident on I-65
in Jasper County, the Indiana State Police said.
The victim was identified as Jason Spears, 44, of Indianapolis.
According to police, at 9:40 a.m. Spears was northbound in the left lane of
I-65, about a mile south of the Rensselaer exit, approaching the rear of a
second vehicle driven by Timothy Newell Jr., 24, of Osseo, Minn., and
traveling at what Newell later told investigators “appeared to be a high
rate of speed.”
Before Newell could react, police said, Spears’ 2000 Ford pickup truck had
“slammed into the back” of Newell’s 1999 Oldsmobile.
After impact, Spears’ pickup entered the right lane, then cut back left,
causing the pickup to slide sideways and finally roll several times, police
Spears and his passenger, his son Jason Spears II, 20, were both ejected
from the pickup.
Spears was pronounced dead at the scene and his son, Jason Spears II, was
transported to Jasper County Hospital and then to St. Vincent’s Hospital in
Indianapolis with life-threatening injuries, police said.
Newell, who drove his car into the median, was not injured.
Neither Spears nor his son was using seatbelts, police said. Newell was.
The investigation is continuing, police said.