Toddler with life-threatening injuries rushed to Norton Children’s Hospital, ISP investigates

WASHINGTON CO.  – Indiana State Police (ISP) crash scene investigators and detectives are investigating a tragic early Wednesday morning crash that sent a four-year-old child to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

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Around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday the Washington County Sheriff’s Department requested ISP assistance with crash reconstruction after responding to a head-on crash involving injuries.   ISP crash reconstruction specialist Trooper Tate Rohlfing and Detective Travis Baker responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. 

As a result of the preliminary investigation, officers believe that a green 1996 Mazda passenger car, driven by 29-year-old Devin Roll of Pekin, was traveling east and approaching a hillcrest on East Bill Miller Road just east of Blue River Church Road. 

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At the same time, 58-year-old Rhonda Danser, also of Pekin, was traveling west in a silver 2016 Kia Sportage and approaching the same hillcrest. 

As the two vehicles crested the hill, they struck head-on, colliding with the front driver’s side of the other vehicle.  Neither driver was seriously injured; however, a four-year-old child riding in Roll’s green Mazda was rushed by ground ambulance to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville with life-threatening injuries. 

This crash is still under investigation. 

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Pekin Town Marshall, the Washington County Ambulance Service, and the Pierce/Polk Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the investigation.