Ind. deputy chief critically injured in off-duty crash with semi

James Waters was driving an unmarked Ford Fusion police vehicle but was off duty at the time of the crash

By PoliceOne Staff

INDIANAPOLIS — A deputy chief is in critical condition after a semi rear-ended his vehicle.

Investigators told WRTV that IMPD Chief Deputy James Waters, 49, may have stopped to avoid debris in the road when he was rear-ended by the semi truck Sunday. He was driving an unmarked police vehicle but was off duty at the time of the crash.

Waters was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi was not injured.

Another off-duty IMPD officer came across the crash and offered assistance, the news station reported. 

“Our department asks for the city’s prayers for off-duty Deputy Chief of Investigation James (Jim) Waters who, after being involved in a serious auto accident, continues to receive treatment at a local hospital,” Police Chief Bryan Roach said in a statement.

The crash is still under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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