An 45-year-old man was airlifted in critical condition from a vehicle crash that occurred Friday evening in northeast Kosciusko County.
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies and emergency personnel responded to a 9-1-1 call Friday at approximately 6:04 p.m. of a vehicular crash at the intersection of County Road 1000 East and County Road 1050 North. Upon arrival, officers and first responders found a pickup truck that had rolled-over into a soybean field, striking a utility pole and ejecting the driver. The driver, identified as Javier Lopez, 45, Cromwell, was immediately airlifted from the scene to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, by Samaritan helicopter with head and leg injuries. Lopez’s front seat passenger, Miguel Sanchez, 30, Syracuse, was also transported by Samaritan helicopter to Parkview with serious leg injuries.
Kosciusko County F.A.C.T./crash investigator’s stated that preliminary investigations have determined that Lopez was southbound on County Road 1000 East approaching the intersection of County Road 1050 North when a vehicle that was stopped on C.R. 1050 north suddenly pulled-out and into the path of the Lopez vehicle. Lopez attempted to swerve to avoid contact with the vehicle, but subsequently went off the east side of County Road 1000 East and rolled –over, striking a utility pole. Witnesses stated that the other vehicle involved did not make contact with Lopez’s vehicle, but left the scene shortly after the crash.
The Kosciusko Count F.A.C.T. team stated that the crash is still currently under investigation at this time. Lopez was last listed in critical condition while Sanchez was listed in serious condition at the time of this release. The Kosciusko County F.A.C.T./crash investigation team was assisted by the Syracuse/Turkey Creek Township E.M.S. & Fire Department, Indiana State Police, and the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.
Kosciusko County F.A.C.T. Team