Trooper Injured When Patrol Vehicle Struck on I-69

By Maureen Mespell

Trooper Injured When Patrol Vehicle Struck on I-69

January 6, 2011 Updated Jan 6, 2011 at 9:58 PM EDT

DELAWARE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Indiana State Police Troopers were busy early this afternoon investigating crashes and slide-offs within the Pendleton District, which includes Delaware, Fayette, Henry, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties. The majority of the crashes and slide-offs were on I-69 in Delaware County between the 35-45 mile-markers.

Senior Trooper Don White was assisting a motorist who slid off the road at 2:11 p.m. this afternoon in the northbound lanes of I-69, south of the 41 mile-marker. White a 13-year veteran (Indiana State Police Operations Support Division), was parked on the emergency strip with his emergency lights on.

Sinndy L. Dejesus, age 21, Providence, Rhode Island, was driving in the passing lane lost control of her 2001 Toyota, crossed into the driving lane, and struck the patrol vehicle in the rear.

White and Dejesus were injured in the crash, and both taken to Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana.

Senior Trooper Mike Dennison (Indiana State Police Operations Support Division) investigated the crash, and cited Dejesus for speed too fast to avoid collision.

Lieutenant Bob Burke, commander of the Pendleton District said, “The primary factor in the majority of the crashes and slide-offs, were speed too fast for the road conditions, following too close and distractive driving”.

From 1:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., troopers at the Pendleton District investigated 14 property damage crashes, 5 minor personal injury crashes, and 19 slide-offs.

Indiana State Police reminds motorists to drive according to road conditions:

• Please pay attention, hang up and drive.
• Allow extra time to get to your destination, reduce your speed, and increase your following distance.
• Clear all windows of ice and snow and remove snow from hood, roof and head lights and tail lights.
• Beware of bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice and snow is slow to melt.
• Slow down to increase traction; don’t use cruise control on slick roads.
• Avoid abrupt stops and starts, slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid loosing traction.
• Use low beam headlights to decrease glare from ice.
• Buckle up.
• MOVE OVER, SLOW DOWN for emergency and highway service vehicles.

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