The report of a collision between a moped and a vehicle was received at the county dispatch center Wednesday night shortly after 10 p.m. and resulted in multiple departments responding to the 5500 block of South Base Road.
Once on the scene, responders found a 61-year-old man, later identified as Franklin Major of Greensburg, in a side ditch and his extensively damaged moped on top of him.
At the time of the accident, a severe thunderstorm was in the area and according to investigation officer deputy Terry Drake of the Rush County Sheriff's Department, the storm was a contributing factor to the accident.
"According to witnesses, Major was traveling southbound and had no working taillights on his moped. Witnesses reported seeing what are thought to be break lights and then heard the impact," Drake said.
Major's vehicle was struck by a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Marcia Meer, 58, of Milroy. At the time of the collision, Meer told investigators that she was traveling only 20 mph.
The force of the impact caused Major to strike the windshield of Meer's vehicle before launching the Greensburg man airborne nearly 60 feet before he came to rest face down in a westside ditch.
Following treatment at the scene for multiple unspecified injuries, Major was transported to Rush Memorial Hospital where he was later transferred via a Lifleline Air ambulance to the trauma center at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The full extent of his injuries remained unknown at press time Thursday.
According to Drake, it is believed that as a result of the storm, the Greensburg man had come to a stop on the right shoulder of the county road prior to impact.
"Although the weather played a roll in this accident, moped and scooter riders are virtually invisible after dark. I would like to see a law that requires them to wear some type of a reflective vest or gear after dark," the deputy said.
Responding to the accident were units from the RCSD, Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Anderson Township EMS, RMH Ambulance and Davis Towing.
Contact: Frank Denzler at (765) 932-2222 x106