Man arrested, charged with reckless homicide for killing three in I-65 crash in Boone County

Mathew Lewis Small of Grandville, Michigan was driving the semi that allegedly caused the crash. He is preliminary charged with three counts of Reckless Homicide.

Posted: Jan 5, 2020 8:10 PM
Updated: Jan 6, 2020 8:29 AM

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Boone County Sheriff's Office has arrested Mathew Lewis Small of Grandville, Michigan for the multi-vehicle crash that happened Sunday afternoon on I-65.

As we previously reported, two were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Later investigation discovered an infant also died in the crash.

It happened around 11 a.m. The Boone County Communications Center received multiple 911 calls about a major crash on I-65 northbound, near the Zionsville exit. Multiple first responders quickly arrived and found eight motor vehicles and one semi-tractor trailer involved.

Witnesses said a fire started after the collision, when a car was pinned against the guardrail by the semi. Twenty-one-year-old Mariah Tomey, 19-year-old Kaylee Kirk, and one-year-old Hadley Tomey, all from Lebanon, died in the car that was pinned.

Another vehicle was pushed over the guardrail and flipped onto it's driver side. Two people were trapped in that car and had to be extricated from the car.

The sheriff's office said six other cars were involved and has serious damage. They blocked all lanes of travel northbound.

Small was the driver of the semi. He told police he looked down to set his coffee mug down, when he ran into slow traffic. Police said he collided with all eight cars as he plowed through the back-up.

Thirteen patients were taken to St. Vincent's Hospital and one female minor was taken to Riley Hospital for Children. All injuries on the 14 patients appear to be non-life threatening.

Small faces three preliminary charges of Reckless Homicide (Level 5 Felonies) and was booked into the Boone County Jail.

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