Coroner: DNA to Identify Victim of Fiery Collision

(LAFAYETTE) — A motorist who was killed in a fiery highway collision with a truck hauling a load of grain will have to be identified through a DNA test, an Indiana coroner said.

One person died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in this fiery crash on U.S. 231 just north of Veterans Memorial Parkway. (Photo: Ron Wilkins/Journal & Courier)

Investigators believe they know the identity of the pickup truck driver who died in Wednesday’s crash on U.S. 231 near Lafayette, but they must be positive before releasing the victim’s name, Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt said.

Relatives of the suspected crash victim, who was traveling in a pickup with an out-of-state license plate, are aware of the likely outcome of the DNA test, Avolt told the Journal & Courier. She said Thursday that the DNA test results will take a few days to complete.ADVERTISEMENT

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office said the pickup’s driver turned in front of a semi hauling grain while attempting to turn left Wednesday afternoon along U.S. 231 onto Veterans Memorial Parkway, just southwest of Lafayette.

The semi’s 75-year-old driver wasn’t injured in the crash, but the pickup burst into flames after being dragged about 100 yards (about 90 meters) at the crash scene, located some 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis.