HANCOCK COUNTY — Marcie Stafford was just waiting for her son to walk through the door Thursday afternoon when she received the news every parent fears.
Logan Stafford, 19, had been in a car accident on his way to his mother’s office in Fortville, where she is the clerk-treasurer.
He didn’t survive.
Police still aren’t sure what happened. What they do know is this: Logan was westbound on CR 1000N around 12:15 p.m. when he pulled in front of oncoming traffic on Ind. 9.
Officers who investigated the accident said Logan appeared to have rolled through a stop sign at the intersection moments before he was struck by an oncoming Indiana Department of Transportation truck. They aren’t sure whether he was distracted or didn’t see the truck.
Logan was killed instantly.
Myron Matlock, 56, of Knightstown, was driving the INDOT dump truck to a job site when Logan pulled out in front of him. Matlock was not injured.
The INDOT truck did not have a stop sign, and the speed limit in the area is 55 mph. The impact crushed the driver’s side of Logan’s four-door Dodge Stratus.
A nurse was one of the first to reach Logan. Nina Eaton, 25, of Greenfield, was driving behind the INDOT truck and stopped when she came upon the accident.
“It was horrific,” she said. “Everything was crushed in.”
Eaton, who works in the cardiac and intensive care unit at Hancock Regional Hospital, attempted CPR on Logan but was unable to revive him.
Marcie Stafford had been waiting on Logan along with coworker and family friend Tammy Gilbert when the town marshal, Mark Lyons, came in with the news.
Stafford was overcome with grief, Gilbert said.
Logan had his whole future planned, Gilbert added. A 2012 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, Logan hoped to make a career in the military.
He had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was due to leave home in three months for training.
But first, he had another special event to attend – the Mt. Vernon Snow Whirl dance with his girlfriend.
He was headed to his mother’s office so she could help him decide what to wear.
Late Thursday, Stafford’s friends and family had gathered around her in support.
Many of them knew her son well.
Among them is Fortville Town Councilman Ron Stafford, who is not related to the family but had only positive things to say about Logan.
“He was a terrific kid,” he said.