Failure to wear seat belts sends two passengers to hospital

CLAY CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – At approximately 2:01 p.m. on Monday, Indiana State Police responded to a single vehicle accident on Interstate 70 near the twenty-six mile marker westbound that sent two Terre Haute individuals to the hospital.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Kenneth T. Bolinger, 31, of Farmersburg, Indiana, was driving a 2006 Toyota van for uCabbi transportation. Bolinger had transported two passengers from Terre Haute to Indianapolis, and was transporting them back to their residence in Terre Haute. For an unknown reason, Bolinger drove the van off the south side of Interstate 70 striking the guide wire located in the median. The van continued traveling westbound in the median, when Bolinger over-corrected the van sending it back north across both lanes of Interstate 70.

Due to the force of the intensive impact caused by the van traveling back onto Interstate 70, the front seat passenger door came ajar, ejecting the front passenger of the van onto the south side emergency lane of Interstate 70. The van then continued across both lanes of Interstate 70, only coming to a stop on the north side after striking an embankment. The back seat passenger was ejected from the vehicle through the rear window. Both passengers were transported to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute for their injuries. One passenger was later transported to Methodist Hospital by air ambulance. Neither passenger was wearing a seat belt.

Injured:

Lakesha Denton, 42, Terre Haute, IN
Antowane Simmons 18, Terre Haute, IN
Trooper Kyle Hall stated, “The accident would have only been minor injuries or just a property damage accident if both passengers would have been wearing a seat belt.”

The Indiana State Police took this as an opportunity to remind all drivers and passengers to wear their seat belts, and that the seat belt is designed to secure the occupants of vehicles against harmful movement that may result from a collision or a sudden stop. “BUCKLE UP.”