Vehicle Collision with FedEx Truck Takes One Man’s Life

August 29, 2018


A North Vernon Man was Killed in a Car Crash Near Scipio, Indiana.

According to the Indiana State Police, yesterday, August 28th, at approximately 4:30 pm, the troopers along with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle crash on State Road 7 at County Road 500 North in Jennings County that claimed his life.

According to the initial investigation by Trooper Jacob Tolle of the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, a 1993 Oldsmobile passenger car being driven by Dalton Rinker, 19 of North Vernon, was traveling eastbound on County Road 500 North at State Road 7.

Rinker’s vehicle entered State Road 7 into the path of a southbound 2018 Freightliner pulling a trailer, being driven by Leonel Guillen, 39 of Indianapolis.

Apparently, Guillen’s vehicle struck the driver’s side of Rinker’s vehicle and he sustained fatal injuries in the collision.

He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office.

Leonel Guillen was not injured in the crash.

It is not clear at this moment why Rinker pulled out into the path of Guillen’s vehicle and the investigation is ongoing.

State Road 7 was closed for nearly two hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

Dalton Rinker’s family has been notified.

This comes right off the heels of another fatal accident involving a North Vernon resident, Lou Hicks, which occurred earlier on the same day, in the morning.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Scipio/Geneva Township Fire Department, Jennings County EMS, and the Jennings County Coroner’s Office.