Bainbridge woman dies in Hendricks County crash

Friday, March 26, 2021

NEW WINCHESTER — A Bainbridge woman died in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 35 and State Road 75 Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office, shortly after 1 p.m. 47-year-old Jennifer (McFadden) Backus was stopped in a Ford pickup in the northbound lane of State Road 75 at the stop sign at U.S. 36.

The deputy reported that, for an unknown reason, Backus then proceeded northbound into the intersection, into the path of an eastbound Peterbilt semi tractor and trailer.

The semi driver was unable toavoid striking the pickup Backus was driving. Following impact, momentum carried both vehicles further east, where the collided with the front of a tri-axle dump truck that was stopped in the westbound lane of U.S. 36.

Deputies were called to the scene at 1:18 p.m. and resonded to find Backus already deceased at the scene.

No other injuries were reported.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor in this collision, and reconstructionists from the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate.

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  • Such a horrible thing to happen. Sending love and prayers to her family.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Sat, Mar 27, 2021, at 8:35 AM
  • That intersection is quite dangerous for northbound traffic on 75. A driver’s view to the west is limited and to see 36 eastbound traffic well, one has to pull beyond the lane marker. Doing so, however, puts one’s vehicle in the path of westbound 36 vehicles which turn south onto 75 and frequently turn too short, veering quite close to anyone trying to turn west onto 36 from 75.

    -- Posted by barnbats on Sat, Mar 27, 2021, at 9:00 AM