In a two-car accident on Interstate 74 on Monday morning, a Hillsboro woman died.
The Indiana State Police reported that at 7:20 am, 26-year-old Christina Mendoza was operating a grey 2013 Dodge Journey westbound on the highway when she struck a deer close to the 32.5-mile marker, rendering her car inoperative in the right lane.
The disabled Dodge was also traveling westbound in the right lane of the interstate when a red 2019 Kenworth driven by Kenneth M. Dusharm, 55, of Carmel and owned by Dusharm Transport of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, struck the Dodge’s rear, pushing it through the median and across the eastbound lanes before coming to rest in the ditch on the south side of the interstate. Both lanes of traffic were stopped by the collision.
According to the early inquiry, the Dodge did not appear to have working lights at the time of the collision.
It might have been a brief situation because Christina hadn’t called anyone during her collision with a deer, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley. She was unable to drive or warn other drivers that she was stopped on the road after the collision with the deer knocked out her car battery. According to the semi-truck driver, he didn’t notice her until it was too late.
Montgomery County Coroner declared Mendoza deceased at the spot. Ducharme suffered no harm.
The crash does not appear to have been caused by alcohol or drugs. The road was damp and there was a slight fog present at the time of the collision.
For almost four and a half hours, the eastbound lanes of the interstate were closed so that the wreckage could be rebuilt, the injured could be treated, and the crash scene could be cleaned up.
Trooper Doug Feazel and Trooper Dave Millburg assisted in the investigation of the collision. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, INDOT, Wilson’s Towing, Sergeant Roger Dickison of the ISP Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division, and others offered assistance at the scene.
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