A 75-year-old Kokomo man is dead after a crash near the intersection of US 31 and County Road 600 North yesterday afternoon.
The Howard County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident at approximately 1:46 p.m. on June 7, and a preliminary investigation showed that a 2008 gray Chevrolet Silverado, driven by William Dickison, 75, of Kokomo, was traveling eastbound on County Road 600 North.
Evidence showed the Silverado entered the southbound lanes of US 31 and was struck by a 2003 Freightliner tractor trailer, driven by Vehbo Poturak, 62, of Sterling Heights, Mich. The semi made an unsuccessful attempt to brake and avoid the Silverado before the collision.
The impact caused the Freightliner to cross into the northbound lanes and was struck by a 2019 Kenworth tractor trailer, driven by Scott Herrell, 46, of Rochester.
Dickison, Poturak, and Herrell were the only occupants in the vehicles. Dickison was flown, via medical helicopter, from the scene and later died at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Poturak and Herrell were not injured.
Witnesses stated they observed the Silverado stop at the intersection then proceeded eastbound into the path of the semi-tractor trailer. This area of US 31 is under construction.
Howard County Sheriff’s Office crash reconstructionists were called to the scene, along with troopers from the Indiana State Police. Assisting at the scene were the Galveston Fire Department, St. Vincent Hospital Ambulance, Samaritan Medical Helicopter, Howard County Emergency Management, and the Indiana State Police.
This case is still under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Keith Chesshir at 765-614-3469.