Driver Claims Road Rage Caused Him To Wreck
By Mike Perleberg
(Morris, Ind.) – A possible case of road rage is blamed for causing a crash in Ripley County late last Sunday evening.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a crash with injuries on State Road 46 east of Morris at about 10:54 p.m. Officers arriving at the scene found a 2007 Scion inverted off the road.
The driver, Rickie Gould, 24, of Sunman, was not wearing his seatbelt, according to the sheriff’s office. He was transported to Margaret Mary Community Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Evidence at the accident scene suggested Gould was traveling west on S.R. 46 when for unknown reasons his vehicle crossed the centerline and began traveling in the eastbound lane before crossing back over the centerline into the westbound lane, turning sharply, and running off the north side of the roadway, into the ditch, and overturning.
Gould told police that he was the victim of road rage. He claimed another vehicle was following him too closely. After passing Gould, that second vehicle cut him off and slammed its brakes. Gould said he attempted to avoid the collision, but lost control of his vehicle.
The suspect vehicle is described as a lime green newer SUV, possibly a Toyota or Subaru, with very bright halogen headlights. A spare tire was mounted on the rear.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office at (812) 689-5558, (812) 689-5555, or any law enforcement agency. Callers can remain anonymous.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Batesville Police Department, Morris Fire Department, Ripley County Paramedic, and Rescue 30.