Four-vehicle crash on I-465 claims the life of former Monroe County Judge Marc Kellams

INDIANAPOLIS – A four-vehicle crash on I-465 claimed the life of a former Monroe County Judge Marc Kellams, of Bargersville Friday afternoon as emergency responders were called to the scene of a serious multi-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of I-465 near I-70 on the east side of Indianapolis.

Preliminary reports were at least one person was entrapped and unresponsive in their vehicle. Upon arrival, first responders found a heavily damaged Acura SUV with two occupants entrapped inside.

The male driver and female passenger were both extricated from the vehicle, despite life-saving efforts 73-year-old former Judge Marc Kellams, of Bargersville, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Former Monroe County Judge Marc Kellams

Kellams, 73, served at the circuit court for 38 years. He was also a Catholic deacon through the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and ministered at Bloomington’s St. Charles Borromeo Church.

Kellams earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University. He was an instructor teaching trial advocacy at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law since 1983 and was scheduled to teach again this fall.

Monroe County Government is saddened to hear of the passing of retired Judge Marc Kellams. In honor and respect for our friend and colleague, Monroe County Government will have our flags at half mast.
God speed Judge!

Kellams female passenger was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries however she is in stable condition. A passenger in a box truck was also injured and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation at the scene by troopers determined traffic had stopped in the southbound lanes on I-465 just south of I-70, near the 43-mile marker for unknown reasons. The driver of a box truck did not stop for the traffic and struck the rear end of Kellams’ Acura SUV at highway speeds, which caused a chain reaction crash including a total of four vehicles.

The driver of the box truck was tested for impairment, however, at this time neither alcohol nor drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this crash. Three lanes of I-465 southbound were closed for four hours while the crash was investigated and the vehicles were removed.

Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionists were called to the scene to investigate as well as the Marion County Coroner’s Office. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Indianapolis Fire Department, Lawrence Fire Department, Indianapolis EMS, and INDOT. This investigation is ongoing.