The Herald Bulletin

September 6, 2013

Police: Driver who struck utility pole head-on was not wearing seat belt

By Jack Molitor The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — MARKLEVILLE — Police believe the driver of a car that hit a utility pole Thursday evening wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

Gary Roberts, 51, of New Castle, had to be transported from the accident scene at Indiana 38 near County Road 100 East to St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis on 86th Street by medical helicopter, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff’s Department Major Brian Bell.

According to the release, Roberts was driving a 1998 Lincoln east on Indiana 38 at about 5 p.m. and, for an unknown reason, left the roadway on the south side of the road. The vehicle came to a stop after striking a utility pole head-on. Witnesses told police the car was crossing the center line prior to the accident.

Roberts sustained multiple internal injuries, head injuries and fractures, and was not wearing a seat belt, according to the release. A passenger, 48-year-old Robert Lawson of New Castle, complained of pain stemming from possible internal injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital.

According to the release, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department Accident Team is still investigating the cause of the accident and was assisted by Adams Township Fire Department and Madison County Emergency Management.

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