2012-08-07 / Front Page

Late Night Crash Injures One Along U.S. 40 Near C.R. 500 W


Twenty-three-year-old Rohn T. Smith was injured while traveling westbound on U.S. 40 late Wednesday night. ( 
Photo Courtesy of ISP) Twenty-three-year-old Rohn T. Smith was injured while traveling westbound on U.S. 40 late Wednesday night. ( Photo Courtesy of ISP) On Wednesday night, August 1st at 11:45, Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to a one vehicle rollover crash on westbound U.S. 40 near County Road 500 West.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Mitsubishi

Lancer driven by 23-year-old Rohn T. Smith, of Brazil, Indiana, was westbound on US 40, veered into the median, overcorrected, and traveled into a wood area on the north side of the roadway. Smith was transported to Putnam County Hospital for minor lacerations, abrasions, and complaint of pain. He was later transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for chest injuries. Seat belt was in use.

The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Jonathan Cumbie. Assisting were the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County EMS.

Earlier that evening, at 9:10, Trooper Cumbie had stopped Rohn T. Smith on US 40 near County Road 25 West for speeding and Smith was issued a warning. Nearly two and onehalf hours later, Smith was involved in this crash that sent him to the hospital.

Alcohol and/or drugs may be a factor in this crash, the investigation is ongoing.

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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