State police investigate fatal I-69 crash

Photo courtesy Washington Times-Herald via Indiana State Police

DAVIESS COUNTY — Indiana State Police troopers from the Jasper Post investigated a single vehicle, fatal crash Wednesday evening on I-69 near the 68 mile-marker in Daviess County.

According to state police, preliminary investigation efforts suggest Heather Niemeier, 43, Evansville, was traveling northbound when she lost control of her vehicle, struck a guardrail and ultimately came to rest upside down in the median area, in a body of water and up against a bridge pillar. 

Niemeier was pronounced dead at the scene by the Daviess County Coroners Office. 

Multiple Indiana State Police accident reconstructionists spent several hours collecting evidence to help piece together the events that lead up to the crash. 

Death notifications were made earlier this morning by the Daviess County Corner's Office. An autopsy was also completed this morning and it was determined that Niemeier's cause of death was drowning, secondary to the violent initial impact of the crash. Toxicology results are pending. 

The crash is still under investigation by the Indiana State Police, who were assisted by the  Daviess County Coroner's Office, Daviess County Sheriff's Department, and local fire and emergency medical services.


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