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Two injured in early-morning crash

Courier-Times Staff Report

An early-morning crash Tuesday on Interstate 70 sent one adult to the hospital in Richmond and a four-year old to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

Emergency responders were called to I-70 east bound in the area of the 133-mile marker, east of the New Lisbon exit, just before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning for a report of a two-vehicle crash with a child ejection.

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Aaron Edwards arrived to find a four-door Chrysler in the roadway and a Toyota SUV in the median.

Edwards’ preliminary investigation showed that the driver of the east-bound Chrysler, Jerry Hinton, 29 of Evanston, Illinois, lost control of his car while changing from the left lane to the right lane.

The car went into a spin hitting the guardrail off the south side of the road twice before coming to rest in the roadway.

According to the ISP report, Hinton then unbuckled his 4-year-old-back-seat passenger, Malachai Hinton, from the car restraint to check on him.

At that time, an east bound Toyota SUV driven by Patrick Skelly, 61 of Indianapolis, struck the Chrysler.

The Chrysler spun again in the roadway, this time ejecting four-year-old Malachai Hinton out into the ditch on the south side of the road.

Malachai Hinton was transported to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis by medical helicopter with non-life threatening injuries.

A front-seat passenger in the Chrysler, Shonnon Hinton, 26, was taken to Reid Health Hospital in Richmond with a leg injury.

Neither driver was injured. The crash had I-70 east bound restricted to one lane for nearly two hours causing a several-mile back-up at times.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department assisted Indiana State Police in the investigation.