December 26, 2013

Delphi crash claims man's life

Deputies: Speed, ice led to morning tragedy.

From staff reports

---- — DELPHI — A 53-year-old Delphi man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single vehicle crash about 3 miles south of Delphi this morning.

At 9:02 a.m., Carroll County 911 received a report of a single vehicle crash on Ind. 39 south of Ind. 18. Upon arrival, units found an unresponsive male lying on the ground outside the pickup truck, according to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

The subject was later identified as Cary Swinford, 53, of Delphi. Swinford was pronounced dead on scene by Carroll County Coroner J.D. Cree.

The accident investigation indicated Swinford was southbound on Ind. 39 and lost control of his pickup truck. Swinford’s vehicle, a black 2001 Ford F150 Lariat pickup truck, went left of center and entered the ditch on the east side of the highway. At that point, police believe Swinford’s truck rolled, ejecting Swinford from the truck.

Portions of the highway were slick due to a thin sheet of ice on the roadway. Police believe a combination of unsafe speed for roadway conditions and the ice were contributing factors leading up to the accident. Swinford was the sole occupant of the truck and was not wearing a seatbelt.

Carroll County Sheriff Tony Burns, Sheriff’s Major Tobe Leazenby, Deputy Jay Schimmel, Carroll County EMS and Delphi Fire Territory responded and investigated.