1 person ejected, killed in ORV crash
FILLMORE, Ind. – An autopsy is being completed on the victim of a fatal crash Sunday morning in Putnam County.
Indiana Conservation officers responded to a call regarding a crash with multiple injuries reported.
According to officers, the incident took place at approximately 2:20 a.m. Sunday morning at the intersection of CR 705 E and CR 500 N involving a Polaris Razor.
27-year-old Robert Drake of Fillmore, Indiana was was transported to the hospital for complants of back pain.
20-year-old Hayden Salapek of Warren, Pennsylvania was found unresponsive and lying in the roadway after being ejected from the driver’s seat of the off-road vehicle (ORV).
A short time later Salapek was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials say Drake was wearing a factory installed safety harness at the time of the crash. He was driven by friends to Hendricks County Regional Hospital to undergo medical evaluation.
Police say no helmets were worn by either subject and alcohol is believed to be a factor.
No foul play is suspected at this time.
Indiana Conservation officers are investigating the crash.
According to the coroner, an autopsy on Salapek will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute on Oct. 1, 2018.
Indiana State Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Putnam County Operation Life Ambulance Service, Putnam County Coroner’s Office, Bainbridge Community Fire Department and Floyd Township assisted at the scene.