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ISP: Woman's death under investigation

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The Indiana State Police is investigating the death of a South Bend woman found injured on Thursday at the side of the road on I-65 in Jasper County

The woman was identified as Rachael Savanna Woods, 20.

According to police, at 4:31 a.m. troopers were dispatched to the 211 mile marker of southbound I-65, about four miles south of the Rensselaer exit, in response to a 911 call about a woman’s being injured and unresponsive on the shoulder of the Interstate.

On their arrival, police said, troopers found a woman, later identified as Woods, who had sustained unspecified life-threatening injuries and a male subject who was attempting to perform CPR on her. They were both occupants of a white 2002 Buick SUV, en route to Indianapolis from Chicago, police said.

Woods was airlifted to Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, where she later died.

One of the SUV’s occupants, meanwhile—Nathan Huey-Dingle, 30, of Chicago—was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant and transported to Jasper County Jail, police said.

The ISP is investigating the incident and asking anyone who may have observed the SUV or is acquainted with its occupants to contact Det. Jennifer Richmond at (219) 696-6242. It is believed that the SUV and its occupants may have stopped at various truck stops and rest areas on their trip south from Chicago. Investigators are especially interested in reports of erratic driving or any other unusual activity.

Posted 9/14/2012