Memorial weekend crash claims life of former Greenfield man


HANCOCK COUNTY — Officials from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department have released a few more details about the Memorial weekend accident that took the life of a former Greenfield man. Officials say alcohol played a factor in the single-car crash, and they noted that the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Jordan Collins, 24, Indianapolis was killed in an overnight crash around 2 a.m. Sunday, May 28 in the 4800 block of I-70, heading westbound.

Capt. Robert Harris, public information officer for the HCSD says Collins, who had recently moved from Greenfield to Indianapolis, was the only person in the vehicle and was driving recklessly. Officials believe Collins lost control of his vehicle, rolled the vehicle and crashed.

Collins was driving a 2017 Hyundai Sonata. The vehicle was traveling west bound on I-70 from Greenfield, approaching the Mt. Comfort exit. Just before the exit, the vehicle struck the guardrail on the north side of the interstate shoulder. The vehicle rolled, coming to rest on the roof in the left (high speed) lane of west bound I-70.

Collins was pronounced dead on the scene and he was not wearing a seat belt, Harris said. Witnesses stated just before the crash, the vehicle had passed them at a very high rate of speed, driving recklessly.

“Alcohol, speed, and no safety belt use are all suspected in this crash,” Harris said.

The west bound lanes of I-70 were closed for approximately 2 ½ hours while officers investigated and cleared the scene. No other vehicles or people were involved in the crash.

Friends and family of the local man posted condolences on social media calling Collins a good guy. “We love you Jordan! Fly high!” And, “he was a wonderful young man,” were just some of the posts noting how much Collins will be missed.

Colton Collins noted Jordan Collins was a former Greenfield-Central High School student and good friend.

“He was a great guy, loved animals and spending time with his friends,” Colton Collins said in an email to the Daily Reporter.

Harris noted, a full autopsy will be completed to determine the alcohol level and any other factors which officials say may have caused Collins to crash.

Harris noted it’s terrible to have this kind of accident when some pre-planning or better decisions could have prevented the crash.

“The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to drive responsibly, use seat belts at all times, and ensure they have a sober driver,” Harris said. “Too many preventable, needless injuries and deaths are caused by driving under the influence, speeding, and not wearing seat belts. We want everyone to arrive safe.”