HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. — An 80-year-old woman was killed while trying to help a person injured in a car accident along State Road 135 in Harrison County, Ind.
“For an 80-year-old person, she’s probably the most active people in the world,” the victim’s son Terry Carver said.
Mary Carver died the way she lived, taking an active role in trying to save someone’s life.
It happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday on SR 135 near the intersection of Dogwood Drive.
The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department said a 17-year-old was driving a Mustang north on SR 135 when the car began having mechanical problems.
“(The 17-year-old) went to do a U-turn, power apparently failed on it. It rolled on into the roadway, was hit by the Camry,” Harrison County Lt. Wiseman said.
Wiseman said the Camry flipped over and slid into a ditch.
A witness said Carver stopped at the intersection, got out of her car and began trying to help the victims.
“Then another vehicle coming south hit the Mustang again and the Lincoln — which hit the Mustang — then veered off and hit a Dodge Caravan,” Wiseman said.
In all, four vehicles were involved in the crash and four people were taken to area hospitals.
Carver, whose car wasn’t even involved in the crash, was killed at the scene.
The county chaplain notified her family immediately.
“I was just blank. Just totally blank,” Terry Carver said. “He said she was killed instantly. I thought that’s one blessing.”
Terry Carver said it also brings him some comfort to know his mother lost her life trying to save someone else’s.
“It just was not her nature to stop along a road when it’s dark unless there’s something that made her stop,” Terry Carver said.
Three of the victims were taken to University Hospital and are all listed in fair condition. A fourth victim was taken to Floyd Memorial Hospital, but has since been released.
Funeral arrangements for Carver will be held at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home on Oak Street in Corydon. A viewing will be held Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The funeral will immediately follow Wednesday’s visitation.
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