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DNR: Woman dies others injured in weekend offroad accidents

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On Saturday, June 22 Indiana Conservation Officers responded to a serious ORV crash in eastern Jefferson County. Candace Pollit, 50, of Spiceland, was killed while operating a Polaris Ranger on Brooksburg-Manville Rd.

Pollit and her two passengers, husband Mike Pollit and Tom Brammer, were westbound when the Ranger left the roadway, rolled over and struck a large log. Pollit was air lifted to University Hospital in Louisville, KY where she died as a result of her injuries.

Indiana Conservation Officer Matt Hicks, along with Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies, responded to the scene. Alcohol and speed are suspected as contributing factors in the crash.

Angola man injured

Indiana Conservation Officer’s are also investigating an off-road vehicle accident that occurred in Steuben county early Saturday evening. An Angola man was injured as a result of the accident.

At approximately 7:15 p.m., Johnathan Ladig, 27, of Angola was operating an off-road vehicle at a high rate of speed in a yard in the area of Lake Charles East. Ladig attempted to turn and lost control of the off-road vehicle.

The off-road vehicle slid into a post, causing both the off-road vehicle and Ladig to strike the post. Ladig was thrown from the vehicle and the vehicle rolled several times before coming to a rest.

Ladig was transported privately to Dekalb Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released for a head injury and pain.

Conservation Officer’s would like to remind everyone operating an off-road vehicle to operate at a safe speed, especially when turning, maneuvering, or operating in an unfamiliar area, and always wear a helmet and protective riding gear.

4 year old hospitalized

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV accident that occurred on private property near Corydon Friday. At approximately 7:20 p.m., Conservation Officers were called to the Harrison County Hospital, where the 4- year old operator was being treated for injuries, including a broken arm.

The victim, Leeandra Maldonado, age four, of Corydon, was operating the youth model ATV with a 3-year old passenger when she lost control and was thrown from the ATV. Maldonado’s guardian was supervising and quickly rendered aid.

Neither child was wearing a helmet or any safety equipment. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage riders to always wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV.

Two sent to hospital

Two individuals were transported to hospitals after being involved in an off road vehicle accident on County Road 900 E near Velpen.

Preliminary investigation reports that Gavin Boyd age 13 from Winslow, was operating an Off Road Vehicle on County Road 900 E when he lost control after hitting a pot hole while rounding a curve. The bike went down an embankment and both subjects were ejected from the bike.

Boyd was taken to Jasper Memorial hospital with non life threatening injuries. A passenger, Briar Thomas, age 6, from Petersburg, was transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville also with non life threatening injuries.

The DNR reminds drivers that in counties where it is legal to ride an Off Road Vehicle on a public roadway, the driver must have a valid drivers license, and the vehicle must be registered as an off road vehicle. Although not required, it is a good idea to always wear protective gear such as helmets, gloves, proper shoes, long pants and long sleeve shirts.




Posted 6/24/2013