On Tuesday afternoon at 1:48 PM, ISP responded to I-70 WB near the 88 mile marker for a minor injury crash.
The driver at fault fled the scene but was later apprehended and taken into custody just inside of Illinois.
A gray 2016 Nissan Versa, driven by 60 Michelle Matteson, was westbound on I-70 and was suddenly struck in the rear by an unknown vehicle.
The suspect vehicle failed to stop and continued westbound. Ms. Matteson was shaken and upset and could not provide a suspect vehicle description. Ms. Matteson was then treated at the scene by paramedics from the Terre Haute Fire Department and released.
A short while later at 2:36 PM, Clark County Illinois Sheriff’s Office notified ISP Dispatch of a car fire on Old US 40 Eastbound, just off I-70 exit 154 in Illinois. Illinois Department of Transportation workers who had been at the crash site noticed the car fire and thought that it might be related.
A Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy and an Illinois State Police Trooper were sent to the scene and also believed that the vehicle may have been involved in the hit and run crash.
Officers then took the alleged driver into custody and awaited the arrival of ISP Police Troopers.
The Marshall, Illinois Fire Department that extinguished the fire thought it was accidental following the crash. The suspect vehicle was a 2002 Dodge.
Indiana State Police took the 49 year old woman to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for examination who appeared to be experiencing health and emotional issues. Toxicology results are pending and information for potential charges will be filed through the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office.
The crash was investigated by ISP Master Trooper Troy Cobb. Assisting were ISP Master Trooper Jason Owen, Sergeant Joe Watts, Terre Haute Fire/EMS, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation, Clark County Illinois Sheriff’s Office, and Marshall, Illinois Fire Department.
(photo provided by Indiana State Police)