News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 14, 2014

Mo-ped driver airlifted to Indy hospital

Morning collision at Lafayette, Seventh

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute man who had been driving a mo-ped was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital Monday morning after a 6:30 a.m. collision at Lafayette Avenue and Seventh Street.

Assistant Chief Shawn Keen of the Terre Haute Police Department said the name of the victim was not being released, pending notification of relatives.

The driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee told police that he was southbound on Lafayette making a left turn onto Seventh Street, and did not see any other people or vehicles at the time. However, the driver reported feeling as if his vehicle had run over something, so he stopped and got out to check. He found a person and a mo-ped in the road.

The mo-ped driver suffered a head injury and other trauma, Keen said, and could not speak to police.

A relative of the mo-ped rider told police that the man usually leaves for work in the morning and goes north on Seventh Street, then turns onto Lafayette.

There were no eyewitnesses to the incident, Keen said. It was overcast and raining at the time of the accident.

Accident reconstructionists were called to the scene to assist in the investigation.