A Muncie driver has been charged and arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death after the continuing investigation into a Jan. 1 accident near the 59.5 mile marker on northbound I-65.
Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies were sent to a personal-injury crash there at 1:29 a.m. Jan. 1 where they located multiple victims, including a 40-year-old female who was dead at the scene.
Heather Wallace, 40, Indianapolis, was pronounced dead and multiple people were transported to Columbus Regional Hospital, according to investigators.
Marcus Abram, 26, 412 N. Sarona Drive, Muncie, was one of the drivers involved in the crash. Abram admitted to deputies that he had been drinking earlier that night but refused testing, deputies said.
Deputies obtained a search warrant for a blood draw and Abram was not arrested the night of the incident.
Members of the Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team concluded that Abram was traveling more than 100 mph prior to striking a vehicle that was pulled over in the median, deputies said. Blood test results showed Abram to be three times the legal limit at the time of the crash, deputies said.
On July 11, the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office charged Abram with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and operating a vehicle while intoxicated – with a previous conviction and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On July 15, the ILP (Intelligence Lead Policing) Unit contacted the Noblesville Police Department for assistance in locating Abram. Police made contact with family members and Abram turned himself in to the Bartholomew County Jail that evening.
Abram was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $40,000 bond, jail officials said.