Young Driver Ejected during Rollover Crash

Putnam County—This afternoon around 3:00, Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash near 5018 East County Road 900 North. During the crash, the 17-year-old male driver was ejected from the vehicle and subsequently trapped beneath the vehicle when first responders arrived.

Preliminary investigation revealed a gold 1998 Toyota Camry was westbound on CR 900 N, when the teenage driver lost control on the gravel surface, and traveled off the north side of the roadway into a cornfield. The Camry rolled multiple times ejecting the driver and subsequently coming to rest on the victim.

Troopers and bystanders attempted multiple times to free the victim, but fire/rescue personnel were successful after utilizing heavier rescue equipment.

The teenage driver was transported to Hendricks Regional Health for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He was then airlifted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

One 17-year-old male passenger and one 16-year-old male passenger were also in the vehicle and were reportedly using seatbelts. They reported no injuries.

The crash was investigated by ISP Senior Trooper John Myers. Assisting were ISP Sergeant Cory Robinson and Master Trooper DuJuan Presley-McFadden, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Operation Life, Roachdale Fire/Rescue, and Roachdale Police Department.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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