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Man killed crossing I-65

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An Indianapolis man died after being hit by a sport utility vehicle while trying to cross Interstate 65 near Whiteland.

Cody Small, 21, was killed when he was hit about a mile north of the Whiteland exit, Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz said.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 11:46 p.m. Wednesday from a driver who said she had struck a man while traveling north on I-65.

The driver, Natalie Richards, 29, Carmel, tried to swerve to avoid hitting Small, according to a news release from Indiana State Police. Police took a blood sample for testing, which is standard procedure in fatal car accidents, but do not believe drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident, the release said.

Small had called his girlfriend to come pick him up after he finished work at a restaurant near the Whiteland interstate exit, the release said. Lutz said Small worked at Denny’s, on the east side of the interchange at Whiteland Road.

State police believe Small began walking on I-65 and was attempting to cross the northbound lanes so that his girlfriend would see him while she was driving south.

Small died instantly, Lutz said.

Richards was not injured in the accident, the state police news release said.

Northbound lanes of I-65 were shut down for about two hours after the accident.

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