Published On: Thu, May 17th, 2012

Disregarding a Stop Sign Leaves Two With Serious Injuries

Correction from the Indiana State Police: Media, I’ve just learned the addresses of the injured are wrong in my original release.  The driver of the pickup, David Massey, is from MUNCIE.  The driver of the Suburban, Donald Wesley Lohrey, is from Middletown.

Disregarding a Stop Sign Leaves Two With Serious InjuriesHenry County, Indiana – This morning, shortly after 11:25 a.m., Pendleton Units overheard Henry County radio traffic on a serious personal injury crash at U.S. 36 and State Road 103 in rural northern Henry County. Trooper Tyler Painter was the first unit on the scene, finding a black 1995 Suburban off the north side of the intersection.

A turquoise GMC S-15 pickup was 190 feet west of the intersection also off on the north side of the road. The driver of the pickup, David Massey, age 53 of Muncie, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from his vehicle and had severe internal injuries. He was flown by helicopter from Henry County Hospital to a hospital in Indianapolis.

The driver of the Suburban, who was wearing a safety belt, Donald Wesley Lohrey, age 31, of Middletown, was treated at Henry County Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Preliminary investigation and eyewitness accounts show the pickup, driven by Massey, was north bound on SR 103 when it disregarded the stop sign on the south side of the intersection with U.S. 36.

The pickup entered U.S. 36 and was struck in the passenger side front fender by the much heavier Suburban, which was west bound on U.S. 36. The pickup was knocked west 190 feet from impact. Upon doing a license check on Lohrey, the driver of the Suburban, it was found he was a Habitual Traffic Violator, with his license being suspended for life. He will be arrested for the Class “C” Felony after his release from the hospital.

Trooper Painter was assisted at the scene by ISP Crash Reconstructionist Nick Campbell and Trooper Ratliff, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County EMS and Blue River Volunteer Fire Department.

According to the Indiana fatal crash statistics for April, the leading causes of fatal crashes are running off the road on the right, followed by failure to yield or disregarding a signal or sign, then unsafe speed. Remember, wearing safety belts can reduce the risk of injury in a crash by fifty percent.

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