A three vehicle accident at the intersection of First Street and Morgan Streets shortly after 11 a.m. Friday caused a minor traffic interruption for nearly 30 minutes.
Chief of Police Craig Tucker said that after coming to a stop, a southbound Pontiac Sunfire driven by 19-year-old Arlena Painter, Rushville, entered the intersection and struck an eastbound Cadillac driven by Shelbyville resident David Hoffmann, 74.
The force of the impact caused Hoffmann’s vehicle to spin 180 degrees and strike a westbound 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck driven by Terra Clark, 38, of Connersville, that was stopped waiting for her opportunity to pass through the intersecting streets.
Clark and a front seat passenger in her vehicle sustained minor injuries. Following treatment at the scene, the unidentified passenger was transported to Rush Memorial Hospital for additional treatment. Following the investigation, Clark also went to RMH for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Tucker said that the investigation found that Hoffmann was at fault for failing to stop prior to entering the intersection.
“After stopping, I began to enter the intersection when all of a sudden there was a vehicle right in front of me. There was nothing I could do. I saw it but was unable to miss it,” a visibly shaken teenage Painter said.
Hoffmann was cited for disregarding a posted stop or yield sign.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106