Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Trooper Aaron Smith was struck and killed during a pursuit on Ronald Reagan Parkway at Interstate 70 in Plainfield.
Another trooper had stopped a vehicle reported stolen from Missouri that he located at a gas station on Kentucky Avenue in Indianapolis and began questioning its occupants.
The driver fled toward Ronald Reagan Parkway where it was pursued northbound before turning around near Six Points and then headed southbound.
Trooper Smith was deploying Stop Sticks when the driver being pursued aimed the vehicle toward him as it approached Interstate 70 and struck him, throwing him into the air and landing at the bottom of an embankment before the vehicle crashed nearby.
He was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis where he died. All three occupants of the stolen vehicle were injured but survived.
The 18-year-old male driver has been charged with murder, resisting law enforcement and auto theft of the vehicle stolen from his mother at their home six days earlier.
A 19-year-old male passenger has been charged with resisting law enforcement and auto theft. A 15-year-old female passenger, who had been reported missing from Missouri, was not charged.
Trooper Smith, from Franklin, was assigned to the Indianapolis post. In April 2023, he was twice awarded the agency's Life Saving Award for rendering medical aid to gunshot victims in separate incidents occurring in 2022.
He is survived by his wife, Megan Lynn (née Bunting); father, Garry (Cynthia) Smith; mother, Patricia Ann Denny; brothers, Jeromey Para, Frank (Amber) Catanzarite and Chad (Taylor Jarboe) King; sister, Hope Smith; and maternal grandparents, Gene (Carolyn) Marlin.
Indiana Army National Guard
• Trooper Smith is the fourth of seven Indiana line of duty deaths in 2023.