A statement released by the Tippencanoe County Sheriff’s Department provides details of a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Monday, July 20, at about 9:25 p.m.
A Ford Crown Victoria was northbound on County Road 900 East when the driver, a 63-year-old Colfax woman, allegedly failed to yield the right of way to a westbound pickup truck on Indiana Highway 26. A 32-year-old Lafayette man drove the pickup truck.
Injuries and Loss of Life
A 9-year-old girl riding in the back seat of the Ford suffered injuries that resulted in her being taken to St. Elizabeth East in Lafayette. Personnel transferred her to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, according to the Lafayette Journal and Courier. Authorities say she was not wearing a seat belt.
Another passenger in the Ford, a 43-year-old female, required transport to IU Health Arnett in Lafayette. Authorities later transferred her to a Ft. Wayne hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the sedan received treatment before her release. There was no initial report of any injury to the man driving the pickup.
Road Closed for Hours
Authorities say that neither drugs or alcohol are factors in the fatal crash. Authorities closed Highway 26 for more than two hours after the accident.
Although the accident investigation continues, victims in some accidents where a failure-to-yield is a factor have the right to seek compensation through civil litigation. It is often possible for injured victims to pursue monetary damages for lost wages, pain-and-suffering and medical expenses. Survivors of those killed may seek compensation for loss of companionship and other losses.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a motor vehicle accident, it is possible to talk with Indiana car accident lawyers about the matter. Our firm offers this type of consultation at no cost to you. To learn more, please contact us.