CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A crash in Carroll County sent a Rockfield man to the hospital with critical injuries early Tuesday morning, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities said they are continuing to investigate a crash that occurred on the Hoosier Heartland Corridor, just north of Delphi near County Road 600 North. Deputies said the call came in at 6:18 a.m.
Deputy Jay Schimmel reports that 40-year-old Shawn McClain was driving an SUV south on State Road 25. McClain told deputies he thought he struck a deer. But when he returned to the site of the crash, McClain found Christopher Wallar, 32, of Rockfield, lying in the ditch with a moped nearby.
According to initial investigation, Schimmel indicated Wallar was southbound on State Road 25 when McClain suddenly came upon Wallar striking the rear of his moped. This caused Wallar to lose control and be ejected into the ditch.
Witnesses said no tail lights, or any other lights or reflectors, were on the moped. Schimmel added there are no street lights present in that area either.
Wallar was transported to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette with critical injuries.
Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash. The case remains under investigation.