A 22-year-old female from Arlington was seriously injured in a one vehicle accident that took place at approximately 3:20 a.m. Sunday in the 2400 block of N. Fort Wayne Road.
The first responder to arrive on the scene was RPD officer Alan Wombolt.
“I arrived on the scene within a few minutes of being dispatched and I immediately observed a black Dodge Stratus wrapped around a tree off the roadway,” Wombolt said,
The driver, John D. Cline III, 21, of Rushville, was outside the vehicle. Michelle L. Hutchison, 22, of Arlington, was still inside the vehicle.
The investigation found that Cline was southbound on Fort Wayne Road north of CR 200N. After cresting a small hill, he failed to negotiate a curve, causing the passenger side wheels to momentarily leave the west side of the roadway.
Loose gravel and the driver over-correcting his steering caused the vehicle to spin nearly 180 degrees as it crossed the two-lane road before leaving the east side of the road.
Once off the road the Dodge traveled nearly 75 yards before slamming into a tree on the passenger side door of the vehicle.
The force of the impact caused the car to wrap around the tree and pinned Hutchinson inside the vehicle.
A Davis tow truck was used to separate Cline’s Dodge from the tree so responders could gain access to Hutchison; responders from Rushville Township Volunteer Fire Department had to cut the roof of the vehicle to remove the seriously injured passenger.
Following treatment at the scene Cline was transported to Rush Memorial Hospital.
He was later cited and arrested on a number of charges related to the accident: operating a motor vehicle not in good working order, driving left of center, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, OWI, OWI with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater, OWI endangerment and OWI with a controlled substance or its metabolite in the body and operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance in the body.
He was incarcerated at the Rush County Jail. Cline had since posted bond and was released from jail pending his court appearance.
Due to the severity of her injuries a Lifeline air ambulance was called to the rural location as medical personnel on scene worked to stabilize the Rushville female prior to transport to the trauma center at Methodist Hospital.
The full extent of Hutchison’s injuries were unknown at press time Monday.
As a part of the ongoing investigation, officers returned to the scene of the accident early Sunday and additional evidence was obtained.
“Additional charges may be filed in this case, although the investigation is still ongoing at this time,” RPD officer Michael Ervin, assisting officer on the investigation, said.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106