Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 12, 2014

Police: Medical episode contributes to crash

Seat belts prevent serious injuries, police say.

From Staff Reports
MC Weekly

---- — Police say a 72-year-old man experiencing a medical episode caused a three-vehicle crash Friday on U.S. 31, after the man was reported driving on the wrong side of the road.

At around 8:45 a.m., police say a 2006 Ford Taurus driven by Troy Parks, 30, Kokomo, was stopped for a red light on northbound U.S. 31 at 100 North. A 2013 Honda Accord driven by Terry Porter, 69, Marion, also was stopped at the red light immediately in front of the Ford.

Robert Eickhoff, 72, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and pulling two camper-style trailers when police say he did not stop for the red traffic light. Police say Eickhoff rear ended the Ford, pushing the vehicle 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, they say, 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 Fort Wayne hospital to undergo medical testing. Police said 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 all were checked by paramedics at the scene. All five refused to be transported to the hospital.

Everyone involved in the crash was properly restrained with a seat belt, which police say prevented more serious injuries in the crash.

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