Police report indicates accident victim was suicidal

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

CHARLESTOWN, IN (WAVE) - A police report indicates that a man involved in a fatal car crash in Clark County last week may have been suicidal in the days before the fatal crash.

Maj. Chuck Adams with the Clark County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old chiropractor Troy Anderson was driving on Indiana 160 and Hansberry Road in Charlestown last week when he crossed the center line and slammed head on into an oncoming car.

The police report says Anderson was suicidal just days before the crash, and that his mother had called police to his Jeffersontown office because he was trying to stab himself in the neck. Police say Anderson's mother said he wanted to kill himself because of his ex-girlfriend.

He was tased and arrested, and later released.

Both Anderson and the driver of the other car, 57-year-old Steve Haworth, were killed in the crash. Haworth was a church elder and well known in the community for his time on the volunteer fire department.

"He was a very kind, caring, and compassionate man. He would do anything for anybody," his wife Sandy Haworth told us.

The incident between police and Anderson doesn't seem to matter to the Haworth family.

"We're a good Christian family, and we're not going to trash somebody, and we don't expect anyone else to," Sandy Haworth said. "I feel sorry for their family, too. He had a little girl. She lost her dad just like our three kids lost their father, and I feel sorry for that whole family."

The investigation won't be finished until toxicology tests are finished on both victims. That could take as long as six weeks.

We were unable to locate anyone from Anderson's family for comment.

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