Marian University baseball player dies in I-65 crash

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A Marian University student died after a head-on crash on Interstate 65 north of downtown Indianapolis early Thursday morning.

It happened shortly after 1 a.m. on southbound I-65 near 21st Street.

Police say 20-year-old Eric Petruzzi of Carmel was driving a car north in the southbound lanes of the interstate when he collided with a semi. He died at the scene, according to Indiana State Police.

The semi driver, Petr Kilimmik of Virginia, and a passenger in the semi were not seriously hurt. There was no indication of impairment by Kilimmik, police said.

A blood test will determine if alcohol or drugs were in Petruzzi’s system.

Petruzzi was a graduate of Brebeuf High School and lived in Carmel while attending Marion University. He enrolled in the university this semester after transferring from Regis University in Denver.

All lanes of southbound I-65 in the area were closed for nearly six hours.

Marian University president Daniel J. Elsener issued the following statement:

The Marian University community was deeply saddened to learn that one of our students, Eric Petruzzi, was tragically killed in a car crash early this morning. Eric was a sophomore majoring in business management and a member of the Knights baseball team. Our most heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Eric’s family and friends, as well as his coaches and professors. The university is providing grief counseling on campus to all students, staff and faculty.