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Posted on: December 17, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Crash sends one to hospital in critical condition

Vehicle Crash – Passenger in Critical Condition

On December 17 at about 3:00 am the Lafayette Police Department responded to a vehicle crash in the 1100 block of N 9th St. The Tippecanoe County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team [F.A.C.T.] was dispatched to conduct the crash investigation. Officers determined a pickup truck, driven by 30-year-old Andrew Harshbarger of Dayton, was northbound on N 9th Street, slid off the roadway and struck a tree on the west side of the road. The truck then re-entered the roadway, where it struck a parked vehicle on the east side of the road. A passenger in the truck, 25-year-old Candi Lester of Daton, was ejected from the vehicle.

Lester was transported from the scene by ambulance to a local area hospital and remains in critical condition. Harshbarger had minor injuries and was later arrested for operating while intoxicated resulting in serious bodily injury. The investigation is on-going.

Sgt. Scott Galloway / Crime Prevention & Community Outreach

The fact a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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