On May 20, 2017, a Chevrolet Tahoe with 9 passengers traveling on southbound Interstate 65 near the 168 mile-maker ran off the right side of the roadway. The SUV left the roadway after initially drifting to the left side of the roadway and back into the right lane before leaving the roadway due to overcorrection. As a result of leaving the roadway, the Tahoe rolled multiple times before landing in a ditch and ejecting two of its passengers, including a 45-year-old Illinois man who struck the median and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office. Of the remaining passengers, the second ejected passenger became lodged under the Tahoe and was required to be extracted from the vehicle while the 7 other passengers were transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Of the passengers remaining in the vehicle following the collision, were two toddlers who were not properly restrained in child restraint systems.
Indiana law requires all children less than 8 years old to be restrained in a federally approved child restraint systems, with children between ages of 8 and 16 years old required to be restrained with a properly fitted seat belt or child restraint. To learn more about ensuring your vehicle’s child restraints are properly installed or fitted, please visit childseat.in.gov. If you or a loved one are injured due to the negligence of another motorist, please contact Schiller Law at IndyInjured.com or by dialing 888-578-3100 for a free case evaluation and consultation.