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October 16, 2013

Police: Car hit ditch, tree before stopping

MARKLEVILLE — Madison County deputies responded to a single-car accident just after 10 p.m. Tuesday on Indiana 38 just east of Markleville.

Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said the crash occurred when Clifford Lee, of New Castle, lost control of his Honda Civic while traveling west on the state highway.

The car left the roadway and went into a ditch, traveling for 100 yards before going airborne, according to the police report.

The car then hit a tree, breaking the tree off 5 feet above the ground. Emergency crews said the car then rolled four to five times before coming to a stop.

According to the report, deputies said Lee was very disoriented and incoherent at the scene and kept asking the officers what had happened. Initial diagnosis was that Lee had sustained some internal injuries. The report did not indicate if Lee was taken to an area hospital.

Richardson said Lee kept telling officers there were passengers in the car, but police searched the area and found no one else.

"The report said he was extremely incoherent," Richardson said. "So it's possible he wasn't aware of what was going on."

Richardson said alcohol was not suspected as having played a role in the accident.

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