Woman, 79, struck while helping crash victim
A Mauckport woman died Saturday night after she apparently stopped to help at a traffic crash scene that ultimately involved four vehicles.
According to a report by Lt. Roy Wiseman of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, two vehicles were heading north on S.R. 135. A witness said a Ford Mustang driven by a 17-year-old male from New Salisbury was making a U-turn at the intersection of Dogwood Drive north of S.R. 64 when it appeared that the Mustang lost power and turned into the lane of traffic, where it was struck by a Toyota Camry driven by David Hisel, 78, Salem, just after 9 p.m.
The impact caused the Camry to flip onto its roof and slide to a stop northeast of the intersection and into a ditch, Wiseman said.
A witness said that a couple of minutes after the initial crash a southbound Lincoln driven by Chester B. Bentley, 73, Corydon, hit the Mustang and then hit a Dodge Caravan that was stopped in traffic, Wiseman said, adding that none of the three passengers in the Caravan were injured.
At some point, Mary E. Carver, 79, Mauckport, whose Ford Escape was found south of the crash scene, was struck by either the Mustang or the Lincoln or both, police said.
Hisel and Bentley were transported by Harrison County EMS to University of Louisville Hospital while the juvenile was taken to U of L by Air Methods helicopter. All three sustained head and chest injuries, Wiseman said. Hisel’s wife, who was a passenger in his car, was transported to Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany with a chest injury, police said.
The crash is still under investigation pending reconstruction by the Indiana State Police, Wiseman said.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Ramsey and Palmyra Volunteer Fire departments and Harrison County Coroner’s Office.