Mooreland woman dies in Fulton County crash

FULTON CO. – Today at approximately 8:37 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Road 14 and Fulton County Road 1100 West, in which a Moreland, IN woman, died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Senior Trooper Todd Trottier revealed Madonna Mawk, 81, Moreland, IN, was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty eastbound on State Road 14 approaching County Road 1100 West.

Evidence indicates the Jeep attempted to turn north onto County Road 1100 West and hit, in the driver’s side fuel tank, a westbound 2023 Peterbilt semi-tractor that was pulling a box trailer. The Peterbilt was driven by Timothy Phelps, 44, of North Vernon.

Mawk was pronounced deceased at the scene. Phelps was not injured.

Police say Mawk was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Phelps was cited, under federal motor carrier regulations, for having a false logbook and possessing a radar detector. 

This is an ongoing investigation. At this time, neither the consumption of alcoholic beverages nor narcotics is suspected of having contributed to this crash.