Driver ejected, run over by another vehicle

From Local Sources

VINCENNES — A Washington man was seriously injured shortly after 9:30 a.m. this morning in a crash where he was ejected and run over by another vehicle on U.S. 41 south of Camp Arthur Road near Vincennes.

The Indiana State Police responded and the preliminary investigation revealed that Kayden Riggins, 21, of Washington, was driving a 2005 Nissan at a high rate of speed while traveling southbound on U.S. 41 near Camp Arthur Road. Riggins approached a 1996 Mercury driven by Nelda Rae Eaden, 83, of Vincennes, who was traveling in the right lane of U.S. 41 approximately 300 feet south of Camp Arthur Road.

Riggins lost control of his vehicle when he moved into the passing lane to pass the Mercury. His Nissan re-entered the driving lane in front of the Mercury and then struck the guardrail on the west side of the roadway.

Eaden observed the vehicle strike the guardrail in front of her and attempted to avoid striking the Nissan by driving into the passing lane.

Riggins was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle after striking the guardrail. He was thrown into the passing lane where Eaden’s vehicle drove over him and dragged him nearly 160 feet before she was able to stop in the median.

Riggins was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital Evansville where he is currently being treated for serious injuries. Eaden was not injured. Riggin’s front seat passenger was buckled up and was not injured.

The investigation is ongoing.

Investigating Officer: Master Trooper Jim Dotson, Indiana State Police

Assisting Officers: Sergeant Kylen Compton, Sergeant Bill Gadberry and Master Trooper Randy Huddleston

The Indiana State Police were assisted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Knox EMS and the Vincennes Township Fire Department.

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