Four Young Men Injured In Kosciusko County Rollover Accident

Posted on Oct 16, 2009
New drivers, males, and teen drivers are among the most likely to be involved in a serious car accident. In Kosciusko County, Indiana, three young male teen drivers were involved in a serious two-car accident that sent four young men to the hospital.

The Pierceton, Indiana rollover accident occurred on Tuesday, October 6, at 8 in the morning on Indiana 14. The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department said that two teen drivers were moving along Indiana 14 when a third car manned by a male teen driver pulled out in front of them from County Road 700. The two cars in back attempted to pass the third car, but one vehicle lost control and ran into another. The two vans involved in the collision both rolled off the road, landing upside down.

The teens involved in the Indiana rollover accident included Paul Nadolski, 19, Jarrod Lewis, 17, Charles Shepherd 16, and Austin Striggle, 15. Lewis was flown by medivac to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne with life-threatening injuries while the other three young men were also rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the third vehicle, Garret Vande, 18, fled the scene of the car accident and is now being investigated by police. Authorities are not sure whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the van accident, but say that speed was a factor in the Indiana teen driver crash. A blood test given to Vande will likely determine whether he was driving while intoxicated.

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