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
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
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.