A 64-year-old DeMotte man died after the truck he was driving went off an icy road Monday morning in Jasper County.
Larry R. McCartney, an independent contractor serving as a single copy driver for The Times, was found dead by officials responding to a report of the crash on Ind. 110, about a half-mile west of U.S. 231, according to a release from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.
McCartney’s daughter, Georgina McCartney, 22, of DeMotte, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point with head and facial injuries.
According to the release, the sheriff’s office received a report of the wreck about 8:02 a.m. Monday. Deputy Sam Jacobs found Georgina McCartney injured in the front passenger seat and the driver, Larry McCartney, slumped over and nonresponsive. Wheatfield medics confirmed he had died.
A sheriff’s investigation showed Larry McCartney was driving a 2006 Dodge pickup truck west on Ind. 110. It was freezing rain at the time, and roads rapidly iced over, police said.
McCartney reportedly lost control of the truck, which traveled southwest off the road, struck a large drainage ditch on the south side of Ind. 110 and rolled before coming to a stop in the ditch.
According to the report, Georgina McCartney could not remember if either of them were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, but evidence at the scene suggested they were not, investigators said.
According to the sheriff’s office, Georgina McCartney said she had fallen asleep and had awakened when the truck came to rest and could not provide any additional insight into the crash.
The Indiana State Police and Wheatfield Fire Rescue also assisted at the scene.