Driver dies in I-64 single-car crash
A Louisville woman died Thursday as a result of injuries sustained in a single-car crash along westbound Interstate 64 near the Lanesville exit.
According to witness statements and a crash report filed by Officer Marty McClanahan of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Joanna M. Rittman, 24, had been driving erratically on I-64 prior to the 1 p.m. crash. Several calls were made to emergency dispatch reporting that she’d been speeding and swerving between vehicles as she was traveling west from Floyd County to Harrison County.
Just before the 111-mile marker, Rittman attempted to pass a vehicle in the grassy median to the left of the fast lane. As she tried to bring her vehicle back onto the fast lane, she appeared to overcorrect and lost control of her 2005 Ford Taurus.
The Taurus went into a sideways skid, sliding across both lanes of traffic and the emergency lane before the right front fender struck a concrete drainway and embankment area, spinning the car. The driver’s door hit a large pine tree, where the car came to rest.
Harrison County Coroner Rusty Sizemore said Rittman, who was not wearing a seat belt, died from blunt trauma to the upper body and head sustained during the impact of the crash. Drug and toxicology reports are pending.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Lanesville Volunteer Fire Department, Harrison County Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Indiana State Police.