DATE: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
SUBJECT: High Speed Crash on North Side Hospitalizes Four
RELEASE NUMBER: 2021-NR-007
CONTACT: Sheriff Dave Wedding
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
A motor vehicle accident in northeastern Vanderburgh County sends four to the hospital with injuries, including one with critical injuries.
On Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at 5:13pm, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Deputies and Indiana State Troopers, along with the McCutchanville Fire Department and Scott Township Fire Department, were dispatched to the intersection of SR 57/Kansas Rd for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Dispatch informed responding units that one motorist had been ejected from the vehicle and was unconscious in the roadway.
Deputies arrived on scene and located a red 1997 Mitsubishi 3000 GT, which had been completely severed in half. In the ditch, East of SR 57, Deputies also located a gray 2016 Toyota Sienna with heavy front end damage. In the roadway, next to the Mitsubishi, Deputies and members of STFD and MCFD located the driver breathing, but otherwise unresponsive on the pavement. The driver of the Mitsubishi was transported to Deaconess Midtown Hospital for serious, life threatening injuries. The driver and two occupants of the Toyota had complaints of back, neck, arm, and shoulder injuries sustained in the crash. They were also transported to Deaconess Midtown Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The preliminary investigation, corroborated by an independent witness, indicated that the Mitsubishi 3000 GT was traveling South on SR 57 at a high rate of speed. As the Mitsubishi approached the intersection of SR 57/Kansas Rd, the traffic control signal turned red. The Mitsubishi, in an effort to avoid the slowed/stopped traffic at the intersection, attempted to pass them in the right-hand turn lane. The vehicle encountered a small amount of snow in the turn lane and proceeded through the intersection, disregarding the red signal. The vehicle appeared to lose control, crossed the center line, and entered the North-bound lane of travel, where it was struck by the Toyota Sienna.
Due to the severity of the crash and the injuries related to it, this crash will remain under investigation, pending toxicology results and crash reconstruction. The names of the involved drivers and occupants will be released at a later time. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor at this time.