Indianapolis man sentenced to 30 years for crash that killed 2

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in a drunken driving crash that killed a young couple in 2019.

Dataniel Gilbert, 28, was sentenced Friday after he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death, Marion County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Gilbert’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.179% — more than twice Indiana’s legal limit — when he ran a red light and crashed into a car in September 2019, killing Nic Hatfield and his girlfriend, Delaney Frye, both 23.

Gilbert was thrown from his car and walked away from the Indianapolis crash scene despite his injuries. He was later arrested and charged with a drunken driving-related offense from the second time in less than five months.

Frye’s father, Todd Frye, said after his son’s death that the tragedy was the second time in his life that he had lost a loved one to an inebriated driver. Todd Frye said his father died in a drunken-driving crash in 1973, when he was 11 years old, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Lane closures on Ohio River bridge extended for repairs

LOUISVILLE — A bridge over the Ohio River that connects Kentucky and Indiana needs repair work, which means some lanes will be closed longer than expected, officials said.

The three left lanes of the Interstate 65 Kennedy Bridge were closed Monday for an inspection and crews determined an expansion joint needed to be repaired, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said in a statement.

Three of the six bridge lanes connecting Jeffersonville, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky, will remain closed until the repairs are completed to avoid damaging vehicles traveling across the span, the statement said. A timeline for repairs wasn’t given.

Expansion joints allow the bridge to expand and contract with temperature, officials said. The structural integrity of the bridge is not affected.

Tempur Sealy plans Crawfordsville plant with 300 workers

CRAWFORDSVILLE — Bedding manufacturer Tempur Sealy International Inc. said Tuesday it will build a foam-pouring plant in western Indiana that will employ about 300 workers by the end of 2025.

Construction of the Crawfordsville plant is expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, the company said.

Lexington, Kentucky-based Tempur Sealy said it would begin hiring in Crawfordsville for management, supervisory, administrative and staff positions later this year.

The company said the Crawfordsville plant will be capable of making bedding products and components for branded and non-branded products including Tempur-Pedic, Sealy and Stearns & Foster mattresses.

Pending approval by its board of directors, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. is set to offer Tempur Sealy up to $2.5 million in conditional tax credits based on the job-creation plans. The IEDC also will offer the company up to $1.1 million from the Hoosier Business Investment tax credit program based on the company’s planned capital investment, and up to $450,000 to the local community to support infrastructure improvements. Montgomery County is considering additional incentives.

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