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[ISP] Suspected Medical Issue Contributes to Miami Co. Crash
Start Date: 3/7/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/7/2014
Entry Description

Peru – Today at approximately 8:48 a.m. officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a three vehicle crash on U.S. 31 at Miami County Road 100 North, in which a medical issue is believed to have contributed the crash. .

The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Ezariah Bricknell revealed that a 2006 Ford Taurus driven by Troy Parks, 30, Kokomo, IN, was stopped for a red light on northbound U.S. 31 at County Road 100 North. A 2013 Honda Accord driven by Terry Porter, 69, Marion, IN, was also stopped at the red light immediately in front of the Ford. Robert Eickhoff, 72, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, pulling two camper style trailers, northbound on U.S. 31. Eickhoff did not stop for the red traffic light at the intersection of County Road 100 North. The Silverado rear ended the Ford, pushing the Ford into the rear of the Honda. The truck continued through the intersection before coming to rest against the median wall.

Prior to the crash, Miami County Central Dispatch received calls reporting Eickhoff driving southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 31. Before officers caught up to the Silverado, Eickhoff made a u-turn, struck a road sign, and continued northbound before eventually hitting the Ford.

Eickhoff was transported by ambulance to Dukes Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to a Ft. Wayne hospital to undergo medical testing. It is suspected he had a medical episode which contributed to the crash.

There were four people in the Honda and one person in the Ford. They were all checked by paramedics at the scene. All five refused to be transported to the hospital. All participants in the crash were properly restrained with a seat belt. Trooper Bricknell believes the safety restraints aided in the prevention of more serious injuries in the crash.

Neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to this crash.

Trooper Bricknell was assisted at the scene by Trooper Tyson Walderon, Trooper Josh Bayly, the Peru Fire Department, and Dukes Hospital EMS.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Tony Slocum
Phone: 765-473-6666
Email: tslocum@isp.in.gov
Peru crash
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