4/5/2013 11:15:00 AM Two teens hurt in rollover wreck Wednesday
Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Martin marks out where a car driven by Lucas M. Welty, 17, Robinson, crashed on Wednesday night at County Road 900N about one-half mile south of 1200E. His passenger, Nicole L. Kelso, 17, Robinson, was taken to Crawford Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Welty was also taken to CMH, but by private vehicle. (Graham Milldrum photo)
Two 17-year-old Robinson High School students were injured in a rural single-vehicle accident Wednesday evening.
According to police reports, the driver, Lucas W. Welty, swerved to avoid a turkey buzzard, went across a lawn, flipped over and spun 180 degrees. The red 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse was headed north on WTAY Road about one-half mile south of 1200N just northwest of Robinson about 6:56 p.m.
When Welty swerved to avoid the bird, the vehicle left the road to the left and began to slide. As he crossed the lawn, the car turned to a right angle to the path of travel. It hit a ditch, flipped over and crashed in an empty lot, facing back along the tire tracks left by his attempts to regain control.
Neither Welty nor the passenger, Nicole Kelso, was wearing a seat belt. Kelso was thrown from the vehicle and Welty managed to get out before first responders arrived.
Kelso complained of back, neck and arm pain, said Crawford County deputy Luke Martin. She was taken by ambulance to Crawford Memorial Hospital. Welty went to CMH by private vehicle.
The hospital would not release their conditions because they are younger than 18.