Wrong-way driver in accident that killed Coatesville man may have intended to crash

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Thomas B. Plasters, 51, Coatesville, was fatally injured in a 1 p.m. accident Monday that police believe may have been intentionally caused by driver Cody Albert, 19, Indianapolis. Courtesy photo

CLAYTON -- A 51-year-old Coatesville man was fatally injured Monday in a two-vehicle accident the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department is investigating as homicide, authorities said Tuesday.

Thomas B. Plasters, formerly of Greencastle, was pronounced dead at the scene after his 2010 Honda Civic was struck head-on by a 2001 GMC Jimmy SUV driven by Cody Albert, 19, Indianapolis.

Albert was reportedly driving westbound at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lanes of U.S.40 at Hendricks County Road 0, near Cox's Plant Farm and the Clayton turnoff.

Capt. Amanda Goings said in a news release that investigators believe Albert may have intentionally driven the wrong way on U.S. 40 when he caused the fatal accident about 1 p.m. The accident is being investigated as a potential homicide because of that possible intent on Albert's part.

Albert was taken to an Indianapolis hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

No charges have been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.

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