Indiana State Trooper Severely Injured in I-65 Collision

Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – January 20, 2024

A member of the Indiana State Police, Trooper Azariah Keith, sustained critical injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 65 near 30th Street in Indianapolis, according to the Indiana State Police.

At approximately 8:45 p.m. on January 20, 2023, Trooper Keith had stopped on the left shoulder of I-65 southbound at the 116 mile marker to assist a stranded motorist in changing a flat tire. As he completed the tire change and the motorist pulled away, a southbound vehicle lost control and collided with Trooper Keith before striking the back of his police car.

Recognizing the potential danger on the curve and narrow shoulder, a second trooper responded to assist with traffic control before the curve. The second trooper was blocking the left lane just prior to where Trooper Keith was stationed. Trooper Keith concluded the tire change at 9:17 p.m. and was stowing his equipment in his trunk when a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox driven by 22-year-old Armaandeep Singh of Indianapolis swerved around the trooper, lost control, crashed into the concrete median barrier, struck Trooper Keith, and collided with his police car.

Trooper Keith suffered critical injuries and was immediately attended to by the second trooper on the scene, according to ISP. He was subsequently transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where he is currently in stable but serious condition.

Armaandeep Singh has been arrested on preliminary charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury. Following field sobriety testing, Singh underwent a certified test for intoxication via blood draw, with pending results.

Indiana State Police Detectives, alongside crash reconstruction team members, responded to the scene to aid in the investigation. The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for nearly three hours for scene processing.

Singh’s actual charges will be determined by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office upon review of the case. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Assistance in the response and investigation was provided by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service, and Eskenazi Hospital staff.

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