ISP Investigating Vehicle Crash Involving Ejected Driver

(STEUBEN CO.) – On Sunday, at approximately 5:20 p.m., the Indiana State Police responded to a reported vehicle crash on County Road 500 West north of County Road 400 South, near Hudson in Steuben County. 

ISP Sgt. Matt Lazoff arrived on the scene at approximately 5:40 p.m. and observed a single Chevrolet pickup truck rolled over on the east side of the roadway, with extensive damage.  An adult male lying in the grass next to the pickup truck was being attended to by EMS personnel and firefighters.

Sgt Lazoff reports, 24-year-old Mitchell A. Musser, of Hudson, was operating a 2009 Chevrolet pickup truck northbound on County Road 500 West when for an unknown reason, drove off the roadway twice prior to losing control. After leaving the roadway the second time, the pickup truck went airborne, impacted an earth embankment, and rolled over, ejecting Musser in the process.

An inspection of the vehicle’s passenger restraint system confirmed that Musser was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. There were no passengers in the vehicle. Excessive speed is suspected to be a primary factor in this crash. The complete circumstances of the crash remain under investigation.

The extent of Musser’s injuries was unknown, however, he was airlifted from the scene by Parkview Samaritan helicopter and transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. His condition is unknown at this time.

Sgt Lazoff was assisted in his investigation by ISP Sgt Luke Nathalang, the Steuben County Sheriff’s department, DNR, Ashley/Hudson Fire Departments, Steuben County EMS, Ashley PD, Parkview Samaritan, and Bill’s Towing service.