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Deadly Accident at 465 and Shadeland

Steve Wagner

A major accident in northeast Indianapolis has claimed the lives of two and left another in critical condition. Though still under investigation, preliminary reports show Henry Pierce, Jr. hitting the guardrail on the northbound ramp from I-465 onto northbound Shadeland Avenue. It is possible, though not confirmed at this time, that Pierce’s Cadillac bounced off the guardrail and back into the road, causing the following deadly accident.

A Chevy Impala driven by Reanna McCormick of Indianapolis was also northbound on the ramp from I-465 to Shadeland Avenue when her vehicle left the road through a guardrail and landed on top of another vehicle that was moving south on Shadeland Ave. The second vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata, was driven by Steven Mann of Jasper, and also carried one passenger, Brenden Mills of Indianapolis.

Unfortunately, both drivers, McCormick and Mann, were declared dead at the scene, and Mills was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Henry Pierce, Jr. was arrested for possession of marijuana and cocaine, operating while intoxicated, and obstruction of justice. This is a case we will follow closely for updates.

The Role of Drugs and Alcohol in Car Crashes

Though as yet unconfirmed in this case, it would be unsurprising to find that drugs and/or alcohol played a role in this crash. With a third of accidents involving alcohol and nearly another twenty percent involving other illegal drugs, individuals driving while under the influence are a major menace on our roadways and a significant threat to other innocent drivers.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that use of mind-altering drugs impair skills or faculties that are necessary for safely operating a vehicle: attention, coordination, balance, perception, judgment, motor skills, and importantly, reaction time. Marijuana and cocaine are two of the most commonly cited drugs, not including alcohol, that are found in the systems of drivers causing accidents.

If you have been injured in a vehicle accident in which the other driver was impaired by an illegal substance, your injuries may be minor as cuts or bruises, but they may be incredibly serious, perhaps even causing permanent disability. It is important to be examined by a doctor immediately after an accident, as some injuries may not show symptoms for some time after the injury occurs. In the case of injury after an accident, you may be eligible for damages, including medical expenses (including medical devices), pain and suffering, lost wages, and in some cases, loss of affection or companionship. If a loved one is killed in an accident, relatives may have a wrongful death case against the driver who caused the crash.

Are you experiencing pain, suffering, or loss as a result of someone else’s selfish decision to use drugs or alcohol and then operate a vehicle? Our experienced vehicular accident attorneys are well-known in Indianapolis for helping to provide relief to victims in their time of need. Were you injured in a crash caused by a driver under the influence? Don’t wait—contact Wagner Reese for a FREE consultation to discuss your case: (888) 204-8440.


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