WOLCOTT – A 28-year-old woman lost her life early Sunday morning when the car she was driving left the roadway and rolled over several times before ejecting her.
According to Indiana State Police, a 2005 Ford Focus was traveling on I-65 near Wolcott at the 190-mile marker in the southbound left lane when for unknown reasons, the vehicle, driven by Lindsay Estep of Mooresville, left the east side of the roadway.
The vehicle then went back onto the roadway, crossed the southbound lanes, and drove into the right ditch, rolling over several times. As a result of the crash, the driver was ejected from the vehicle.
Sgt. Jeremy Piers said Monday there was no reason to believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Estep was transported to IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette by Wolcott EMS. She later succumbed to the injuries she sustained during the crash.
The investigation was done by Trooper Daniel Connolly with assistance by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Phoenix and Wolcott EMS, Wolcott Fire Department, Brookston Fire Department, and Farney’s Towing.
There have been a rash of serious car crashes this month.
On Friday, one person was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital following a 9:45 a.m. after a crash on Indiana 159 south of Dallas Drive in southern Vigo County.
The pickup truck driver was airlifted. The driver of the Hoggatt vehicle was not injured.
There were also three significant accidents in the area the weekend of Oct. 10-11, leading to two people losing their lives.
The first accident happened about 7:27 p.m. Oct. 10 near Rochester, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
Nathan Baldridge, 26, of Silver Lake, was driving an off-road dirt bike and went off the road on Fulton County Road 550 North near County Road 600 East. According to the official statement from the sheriff’s department, it’s not known why Baldridge lost control and was thrown from the vehicle.
“Life saving measures were attempted on scene but were unsuccessful,” the press release stated. Baldridge was not wearing a helmet when he crashed.
The second accident involved two vehicles and took place about 8:19 p.m. at Indiana 25 and old State Road 25 southwest of Logansport on Oct. 11.
According to Cass County Sheriff Ed Schroder, Michael Shaw, 73, of rural Logansport, was driving a 1953 Kaiser Frazer two-door passenger car, going south on Old State Road 25.
Shaw attempted to cross Indiana 25, pulling into the northbound lanes without yielding the right of way to a 2005 four-door Pontiac, according to the sheriff’s press release.
The Pontiac, driven by Bonnie Julian, 26, of Peru, hit Shaw’s car.
Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cass County Coroner’s Office. A passenger in his car, Shawnette Shaw, was transported to Saint Elizabeth East hospital in Lafayette because of serious injuries. Julian and her two juvenile passengers were transported to IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette with injuries that weren’t life threatening.
The third accident happened about 4:25 a.m. Oct. 12. The single-vehicle crash happened at the intersection of County Road 600 West and South River Road in Cass County.
Matthew Hughes, 23, of Logansport, was driving a 2013 Honda east on South River Road when he went off the roadway at the intersection with 600 West and struck a tree, the press release states.
He and his passenger, Andrew Dunkin, 24, of Logansport, had to be extricated by firefighters from the vehicle.
Both were flown by helicopter to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
The accidents earlier included a death and three injured in Idaville on Oct. 6 and three injured near Peru Oct. 9.
In Idaville, a transport bus driven west by Paige Schwartz crossed the center line of U.S. 24 just inside the town limits and struck a semi-truck going east head-on.
A passenger in the bus, Lora E. Anderson, 49, of Monticello, died on the scene, and two other passengers were taken to I.U. White Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
The semi driver, Sandeep Singh of New York, was treated at I.U. White Memorial and released.
The Peru accident happened about 10:15 a.m. Oct. 9 at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Business 31, which goes through downtown Peru.
Pamela Langenkamp, 52, of Celine, Ohio, was driving a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee northbound on U.S. 31, approached a red light and didn’t stop.
At the light, she hit a vehicle driven by Bradford Shelly, who was stopped at the light in a 2015 GMC Acadia that then hit Michael Bozell, 41, of Indianapolis, who was in a 2010 Ford F-150.
Langenkamp had life threatening injuries and was taken by Lutheran medical helicopter to Fort Wayne.
Shelly and his passenger, Robyn Shelley, 39, both of Indianapolis, were taken to a local hospital.