Indianapolis — Early this morning, a deadly Jeep crash on Interstate 65 claimed the life of a passenger and led to the arrest of an Indianapolis man.
According to Indiana State Police, just after 3:30 a.m., near mile marker 170, a Jeep veered off the east side of the highway, striking the median guardrail before being engulfed in flames.
Reports say the Jeep’s passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, with identity withheld pending family notification. The driver, Max Vanegas, 35, allegedly fled the scene but was later apprehended near the interstate. Authorities suspect Vanegas was under the influence, with tests currently pending.
Vanegas faces multiple charges, including leaving a fatal crash scene and driving under the influence leading to death.
Vanegas is currently held at Tippecanoe County Jail. Local agencies collaborated in the response and ongoing investigation.