Pedestian killed in crash on 144

Bargersville woman hit by car while trying to cross road after vehicle hit deer

A Bargersville woman is being remembered as a family-centered person after she was killed when she got out of her vehicle after an accident on County Road 144.

Mary Jo Sheely, 78, was hit by a car while attempting to cross County Road 144 after she and her husband, Gene Sheely, hit a deer, a Bargersville Police Department report said.

She had worked for many years as a bookkeeper and enjoyed spending time with her family, hosting family get-togethers and attending her grandson’s football and baseball games.

Mary Jo and Gene were not hurt in the crash with the deer at 6 p.m. Sunday on County Road 144, east of Saddle Club Road. The couple parked their car on the side of the road, and Gene Sheely crossed the road to search for the deer. When Mary Jo Sheely also attempted to cross the road to get to him, she was struck by a car, the report said.

Mary Jo Sheely was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, and later died from her injuries, the report said.

Samantha Green, 22, of Camby, told police that she was driving west on County Road 144 when she saw two cars stopped on the south side of the road with their lights flashing. She said that she slowed down while passing the cars and that a woman suddenly came out in front of her car and she struck her, the report said.

Green called 911 and turned around to drive back to the accident scene, the report said. As is typical in serious accidents, police checked Green for any signs of intoxication, and found none. She tested negative for alcohol, the report said. Green was not cited for any traffic violations, the report said.

A witness told police that Mary Jo and Gene Sheely had been talking from opposite sides of the road. When Mary Jo Sheely attempted to avoid one vehicle, she was hit by another one, the report said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.