HANCOCK COUNTY — Two teenagers were hospitalized after a rollover crash near Wilkinson late Saturday.
One boy was thrown from the car as it overturned and was to be airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital after he complained of head and neck pain. The other suffered a cut to his hand and a bloody nose, according to emergency dispatch records. The injuries are described as non life-threatening.
Both are expected to recover, police said.
The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Investigators believe the boys mistakenly missed a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 675E and Nashville Road in Pendleton, near the Hancock-Madison county line.
When the young driver, 17-year-old Noah Boone, of Pendleton, over-corrected, flipped his car and ran into a large rock in a nearby front yard, officials said.
Boone was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was thrown from his vehicle, said Shirley Police Chief Brian Pryor, the first officer to respond to the crash scene. He was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis as a precaution because he complained of head and neck pain.
Logan Ellsworth, 18, of the Pendleton was the front-seat passenger. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the wreck and suffered an injury to his hand. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to be examined, Pryor said.
The crash remains under investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, officials said.