Big Rig Fatally Strikes Motorist Who Exited Disabled Vehicle Along Indiana Interstate
Scott County, IN – A motorist who exited his vehicle after it was disabled in a crash was fatally struck by a big rig early Monday morning along an Indiana interstate.
According to Indiana State Police (ISP), the deadly scene unfolded at approximately 2:50 a.m. on northbound Interstate 65 near the 33 mile-marker, just south of the Austin, IN exit.
ISP investigators said 25-year-old Stefan Porch, of Matteson, IL, was driving northbound in a silver 2020 Kia Forte with five passengers on board when it collided with the rear of a second vehicle, also traveling northbound.
The second vehicle is believed to be a tractor-trailer or box truck.
ISP reported the second vehicle did not stop and continued from the scene.
However, the Kia came to a stop in the roadway, and Porch then exited the car.
As Porch left the vehicle, ISP said he stepped into the path of a northbound semi-truck.
The driver of the semi, Barbaro Trizan Cuellar, of Louisville, KY, was unable to avoid striking Porch.
When officers arrived to the scene, they found Porch deceased in the roadway.
All passengers in the car were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment of any possible injuries from the initial crash.
No other significant injuries were reported.
This crash remains under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the second vehicle is asked to contact the Indiana State Police Sellersburg Post at (812) 569-5242.