UPDATE: A young woman experiencing car troubles dies, from injuries she suffered while simply trying to get out of the way of traffic.

Now, a man is in jail charged with causing her death and driving under the influence. The crash happened last night on I-465 near the Keystone Avenue exit. 30 year-old Eboni Dodson's two friends were helping here when they had to jump out of the way.

Family and friends say Dodson was doing great things in life: she was a hair stylist at Annmonique's salon, a business she co-owned and opened 1 1/2 years ago. She was in school working toward a business degree. She was also a mother, a sister, a daughter.

"That's my little bright spot. She really was. She helped our whole family," said Eboni's mother, Phyllis Dodson.

Officers say 45 year-old Curt Carlson ended Eboni's life when he crashed his truck into her white car on I-465, near Keystone Avenue late Monday night. Indiana state troopers say she experienced steering problems with her car and so she attempted to pull it over, but the front end was still sticking out in the right driving lane. Two of her friends pushed the car, while she stayed in the vehicle to steer it to the side of the highway. That's when officers say Carlson drove right towards them, forcing her two friends to jump out of the way.

He struck the car on the driver's side. Eboni sustained serious injuries and later died at the hospital.

"I just thought she was going to be okay, (pause), we did everything," her mother said.

Officers say Carlson was drunk when he crashed into Eboni, causing an untimely death that's left many broken hearts.

"Just {a} beautiful individual. She would often tell me she was daddy's girl," said her father, Ransom Dodson.

"We're going to miss her because she was a great asset to this community, to Indianapolis. Her life ended. She had so many things she could do."

Officers say the crash remains under investigation. Curt Carlson faces charges of: Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death and Public Intoxication. Officers say he didn't have a criminal record until now.


Late Monday night, Indiana State Police say a woman died following a multi-vehicle crash on I-465 on the northeast side of Indianapolis. It happened around 10:30 p.m.

Thirty year-old Eboni M. Dodson of Indianapolis was driving eastbound on the interstate near the 33 mile marker (Keystone Avenue), when troopers say she experienced steering problems with her car. State police say she attempted to pull the car over to the right shoulder, but the front end was still sticking out in the right driving lane.

Investigators say 21 year-old Desean A. Cody was a passenger in the car. He got out to try to push the car entirely out of the way. Another driver, 31 year-old Tunishia Shaw stopped to help. Shaw and Cody attempted to push the car while Dodson tried to steer.

That's when investigators say the two who were pushing the car noticed a silver Ford F-150 truck headed right towards them. Shaw and Cody jumped over the guardrail to avoid the truck. The truck, driven by 45 year-old Curt D. Carlson, slammed into the driver's side door, injuring Dodson. She later died at Methodist hospital.

One of the wheels came off of Dodson's car and flew into the middle of the interstate, causing another vehicle to crash. The driver was not injured. Shaw was treated and released for minor cuts and lacerations.

Carlson, the driver of the truck, was arrested. Troopers believe he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Carlson is charged with:

- Operating while Intoxicated Causing Death - Class C Felony - Public Intoxication - Class B Misdemeanor