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[ISP] Trooper Grateful to Attend Crash Victim's Wedding
Start Date: 12/9/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/9/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Lebanon, IN – On Saturday, December 7th, Trooper Kyle West, wearing his state police ceremonial dress uniform, watched with grateful appreciation as Kerri Crane wed Jonah Faulkner in Lebanon, IN. Trooper West and the now Mrs. Faulkner will be forever connected because of a series of events that occurred on a cold morning exactly seven years ago on December 7, 2006.

On that fateful morning, Trooper West was responding to assist other troopers at a traffic snarling crash scene that had motorists stopped on I-65 just a couple of miles south of the State Road 334 Zionsville exit. As West approached the rear of the stopped line of traffic, he watched as a semi in front of him failed to slow down for the stopped traffic and smashed into the rear of a stopped passenger car, forcing that vehicle forward into the back of another semi.

The driver of the stopped passenger car was the then 23 year old Kerri Crane. The impact was so great the car was crushed to one-quarter its original size, with Ms. Crane’s upper body ending up in the rear floor board and her lower body still seat belted in the mangled driver’s seat.

Trooper West knew her injuries were grave; what he didn’t know at the time was the extent of Ms. Crane’s severe and life threatening neck and spinal injuries. West went through the rear window of the car and stabilized Kerri, until medics arrived.

Because of his actions that day, West was awarded the Indiana State Police Life Saving Award. It was West’s actions that day in 2006 that also led Kerri Crane to invite him to her wedding, which was held on the anniversary date of the horrific crash. Now, Kerri & Jonah Faulkner will have a joyful reason to celebrate December 7th in future years.

The crash Kerri Crane was involved in is referred to as a secondary crash, or a crash that happens in a traffic slow down or stoppage after an initial crash. Twenty percent of all crashes in America are secondary, and eighteen percent of secondary crashes result in a fatality.

The Indiana Traffic Incident Management Effort, or INTIME, was started in 2007 when the Indiana State Police partnered with public and private stakeholders to develop and recommend policies and procedures at traffic incident scenes in an effort to reduce secondary traffic incidents like Ms. Crane’s.

To help bring attention to the dangers of secondary crashes, Kerri Crane, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, made a video about her crash and how it changed her life. You may view that video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M4WD-2Zh-E

When you and your family are out traveling this holiday season, watch for officers sitting with their lights on warning you of impending danger ahead, like stopped traffic, and drive accordingly. Always be prepared for slowed or stopped traffic on the interstate. Don’t be a victim of a secondary crash in a traffic backup. To learn more about IN-TIME you may visit their web site at http://www.in.gov/intime/

The attached photo, courtesy of Nate Crouch Photography, is of Mrs. Kerri Faulkner and Trooper Kyle West.

Crane & West
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