The Decatur Daily Democrat
Single-vehicle accidents probed
Four single-vehicle crashes were investigated in recent days by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.
At 8:08 a.m. Friday, Bruce W. Prater, 55, Bluffton, was eastbound on CR 100 N which was ice covered at the time and after going left of center he overcorrected to the shoulder of the road, then went to the westbound lane and finally ended up going off the road. His SUV overturned in a field and ended back up on its wheels. Prater complained of neck pain and minor lacerations and a contusion to his head from the crash which caused an estimated $2,501-$5,000 in damage.
Prater was cited by police following the crash for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with a schedule one or two drug or its metabolite in his system, and driving at a speed greater than was reasonable given road and weather conditions.
At 4:43 p.m. Friday, Alex J. Miracle, 22, Fontaine, was driving a semi westbound on US 224 near CR 500 W when the right front tire went off the edge of the snow-covered road. That caused the semi to slide off the roadway and strike a concrete pole marker beside a utility pole. Between $2,501-$5,000 in damage to the vehicle and property was estimated by police.
At 11:21 a.m. Saturday, Kenneth C. Fuller, 76, Whitetail Drive, Decatur, was eastbound on CR 500 N near its intersection with Oak Grove Place and his vehicle left the roadway when the road surface turned to ice and the vehicle overturned. Fuller was treated at the scene by EMS for wrist pain and then was released. The crash that caused $5,001-$10,000 in damage.
At 7 a.m. Sunday, Luke A. Egly, 21, rural Monroe, was eastbound on CR 500 N when a deer ran onto the roadway into the path of his car. He was unable to avoid hitting the animal and the impact left $1,001-$2,500 in damage to his vehicle.