Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


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EVANSVILLE Man hit by car dies Monday at hospital

A pedestrian hit by a car on Evansville's West Side more than two weeks ago has died.

Donald Michael Story, 55, died Monday at Deaconess Hospital of complications from his injuries, said Annie Groves, Vanderburgh County Coroner.

Story was hit by a 1993 Toyota Camry on May 12 while crossing Franklin Street. Police said six witnesses reported the vehicle, driven by 33-year-old David Fontus, ran a red light at First Avenue.

Fontus told police he went through the intersection on a yellow light and tried to avoid hitting Story by steering away from him. Fontus said Story hit the passenger's side of the windshield and fell to the ground.

Officers said Story had suffered an "obvious" broken leg. Story was responsive to EMTs and told officers he had the signal to cross the street when Fontus ran the red light. He said he didn't see the car coming until it was too late.

An examination at Deaconess showed he had several fractured ribs and a fractured left collarbone in addition to the broken leg. On Tuesday, the police accident investigation unit learned Story had died and initiated a death investigation.

An autopsy performed Wednesday revealed Story died from a lack of oxygen to his brain resulting from sepsis, an internal infection from a laceration suffered during the accident, Groves said.


Two injured in motorcycle wreck

Police still are investigating a motorcycle wreck that seriously injured a 21-year-old Newburgh woman.

Jessica Whetstine remains in critical condition at St. Mary's Medical Center with a head injury after the motorcycle on which she was riding struck a wooden pallet that fell off a truck on Interstate 164 Saturday night.

Whetstine and the motorcycle's driver, 22-yearold Tyler Norrenbrock, were thrown from the motorcycle. Norrenbrock, who also was taken to St. Mary's, told police they were behind the truck when the pallet fell, and he could not avoid it. He has been released from the hospital.

The crash happened in the southbound lanes near Morgan Avenue.

Police said both were wearing helmets.

On Wednesday, Evansville Police Department Sgt. Jason Cullum said a couple who also was traveling south on I-164 they saw a red or maroon truck hauling pallets on the shoulder of the roadway backing up. …

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