Vermillion County-Thursday morning at 9:40, Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Chuck Murphy was operating his unmarked ISP commission, a 2013 Dodge Charger, with emergency lighting and siren activated, northbound on County Road 350 East near East 4th Street. S/Trooper Murphy was responding to a reportedly serious motor vehicle crash in the northern part of Vermillion County.
Near the 4th Street intersection, a northbound gray 2006 Cadillac Escalade moved to the right and Senior Trooper Murphy attempted to pass on the left. As the ISP vehicle was passing, the Escalade turned left into the side of the police charger, forcing the ISP charger off the west side of the roadway and into a utility pole.
Senior Trooper Chuck Murphy, age 44 of Clinton, was taken to Union Hospital of Clinton for treatment of neck and back pain.
Kathleen B. Holvey, age 63, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, driver of Escalade, was transported to Union Hospital of Clinton for treatment of pain.
No citations issued at this time.
The crash was investigated by ISP Master Trooper Chip McKee. Assisting were ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Master Trooper Matt Ames, Master Trooper Ty Lightle, Sergeants Joe Rutledge and Joe Watts, Clinton Police Department, Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office, Vermillion County EMS, Clinton City Fire/Rescue, Clinton Ford Towing, and Absolute Towing and Recovery.
Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.