Distraction leads to Hillham-area crash

From Local Sources

HILLHAM — A distraction resulted in a car-versus-pole crash Tuesday west of Hillham.

Kristin S. Blessinger, 18, of rural French Lick, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze when the noon accident occurred west of Cuzco Road North, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Blessinger told deputies she became distracted with a minor medical issue, which resulted in her car going left of center as she exited a curve.

The car left the south side of the highway and struck a utility pole, according to the sheriff’s department. The impact broke off the pole. The sheriff’s department said the car stopped 25 feet away in a field.

Blessinger escaped injury.

Damage to the silver Cruze was estimated at $7,000.

A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

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