Two Greensburg residents escaped serious injury following a rollover accident in November on SR 244.
According to Rush County Sheriff Department accident reconstructionist Brent Horton and investigating officer Shawn Smallwood, the Rush County dispatch center was alerted to two speeding vehicles (possibly racing) on SR 244 west of SR 3 shortly after midnight the morning (Nov. 10) of the accident.
A short time later, the caller reported that one of the vehicles had left the north side of the state road and rolled multiple times prior to coming to rest in a field. The caller further told the emergency dispatcher that two occupants were trapped inside the inverted vehicle.
The call resulted in multiple emergency units responding to the scene. Following a lengthy extraction process and medical treatment at the scene, the driver Derek J. Moore, 28, of Greensburg, was air lifted to an Indianapolis trauma center and the passenger Christina Moore, 25, also of Greensburg, was transported to Rush Memorial Hospital.
The driver of the second vehicle (not involved in the accident) Samuel Pogue, no age or residency information given, remained at the scene and cooperated fully with the officers’ investigation.
According to the accident report, Pogue stated he was driving a Honda and Moore was behind the wheel of his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro and although both vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed, they were not racing.
Moore’s passenger confirmed that report and indicated that speed was a factor in the accident. She told investigators that as their vehicle crested a small dip in the road, Moore lost control and the vehicle rolled multiple times before coming to rest. Both drivers’ admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the evening and that may have played a role in their decision making.
The investigation is ongoing at this time and no arrest has been made.
Assisting at the scene were units from the RFD Ambulance, Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Department, RCSD, Rushville Police Department and StatFlight Air Ambulance.
Law enforcement personnel want to stress that with multiple holidays in the coming weeks and social gatherings (many of which may include alcohol) for motorist to not consume alcohol and get behind the wheel and drive.
Officers are doing their part to make local roadways safer. They are joining other departments statewide in that effort with a simple message: If you drink, don’t drive. You are putting yourself and others at high risk.
If convicted for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, individuals face not only monetary fines, but also the loss of driving privileges for up to 90 days and probation requirements of up to 12 months for first-time offenders.
Law enforcement personnel added that a sober designated driver or other alternatives are safer and less costly means to arrive safely at home. If alcohol consumption is a part of your holiday plans, don’t get behind the wheel. Driving impaired is never okay. Either celebrate sober or designate a sober driver, otherwise you may be spend at least part of the holiday in jail.