Auto-pedestrian accident claims life on I-65

COLUMBUS, Ind. The Bartholomew County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of a female pedestrian who was struck and killed by a semi early this morning. The incident occurred Monday in the construction zone on Interstate 65, just north of the Bartholomew-Jackson county line, near mile-marker 58, at around 3:45 a.m. Bartholomew Coroner Clayton Nolting was called to the scene, where he pronounced that the woman died from blunt force trauma. Nolting stated the car the female is believed to have occupied was apparently southbound before it became stuck in a muddy area in the median of I-65. The crash is being investigated by Indiana State Police. The woman's identity will be released once next of kin has been notified, Nolting said.

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Legendary Indiana politician Richard Lugar dies

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Words of praise and respect have been pouring in from dignitaries and politicians from all over the Hoosier state and nationwide for former U.S. Senator from Indiana, Richard Lugar, who died Sunday morning from complications of a rare neurological disorder. He was 87. Lugar was a Rhodes Scholar who served six terms (36 years) as a U.S. Senator and before that was a two-term mayor of Indianapolis. In the senate, the soft-spoken Republican was known as a foreign policy. He was also famous for “working across the aisle” to get things done. Ironically, it was that reputation for working with Democrats that probably cost him his final senate campaign in 2012, as national politics had become much more partisan. Vice President Mike Pence said, “Lugar was a leader not only in the Senate but also on the world stage, where he worked tirelessly to end apartheid in South Africa.”

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