Greencastle man dies in Monday night motor scooter accident

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Police are investigating a Monday evening accident between a small SUV and a motor scooter in front of IAC on Fillmore Road. Charles Johnston of Greencastle, the motor scooter driver, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

A Greencastle man died Monday evening after his motor scooter collided with a small SUV on the city's east side.

The driver of the scooter, 57-year-old Charles D. Johnston, was thrown from his 2009 Yamaha scooter and suffered major bodily injury after colliding with a 2005 Saturn Vue driven by Deborah Hall, 60, of Carbon.

Greencastle Police Department Sgt. Charles Inman told the Banner Graphic that at 9:35 p.m., Hall was northbound on Fillmore Road on her way to work at IAC.

Hall told Inman that as she prepared to turn left into the south entrance of IAC, 750 S. Fillmore Rd., she saw the headlight of the southbound scooter but believed she had ample time and speed to make the turn.

However, as she crossed left of center to make the turn, Hall turned into Johnston's path, resulting in what the police report described as a "violent head-on collision."

Johnston was thrown from the scooter in the collision. He was unresponsive upon the arrival of emergency responders.

Operation Life medics began treatment and transported him to Putnam County Hospital, where he later succumbed to massive internal and lower torso injuries.

Although Johnston was wearing a helmet, the device was dislodged in the collision and was later located on the side of the road, approximately 25 feet from the site of collision.

Funeral services for Johnston are pending at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, Greencastle.

Hall was not injured, but Inman reported she was shaken up by the incident.

Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident, but Hall submitted to a chemical test, as is standard in a fatal accident.

She was cited for failure to yield and for operating without proof of financial responsibility, a charge that could be dropped if Hall provides proof of insurance at the time of the crash.

Other officers at the scene were GPD Officer Nick Eastham, who was the first to arrive, along with Sheriff's Department Lt. Dwight Simmons and Indiana State Police Trooper Ryan Purkiser.

The Greencastle Fire Department also assisted at the scene with cleanup and traffic control.

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  • He was a special guy who will be missed by so many.

    -- Posted by VolunteerFF on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 7:23 AM
  • Such a sweet, sweet man! He will truly be missed!

    -- Posted by amkedu on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 7:26 AM
  • Such a sweet an kind man.......he will sure be missed by many........R.I.P...Charlie

    -- Posted by jen_9712 on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 8:40 AM
  • R.I.P. Charlie heart go's out to Earl and Joyce

    -- Posted by cgolda on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 9:56 AM
  • Your favorite saying "You miss me" you will be missed very much.

    -- Posted by shueesrv2 on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 10:05 AM
  • I am saddened about this! He will be missed by many. His smile will be missed by all.

    -- Posted by wilsonphoto on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 10:50 AM
  • So sorry for his family and driver and her famly accidents are horrible for all involved.charlie was a valuable and friendly member of our community and he will be missed!

    -- Posted by talkymom3 on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 10:57 AM
  • Prayers going out to the family!!

    -- Posted by Rdalesupporter on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 1:27 PM
  • My heart is very heavy today. I'm sure goin to MISS YOU Charlie.. Watch over all of us my sweet friend.. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.. RIP my friend..

    -- Posted by Shil on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 1:49 PM
  • LPS Will never be the same without our friend Charlie, we will meet at the dirt track up above R.I.P my friend!

    -- Posted by JKI on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 5:54 PM
  • Charlie had so many friends thruout the county. My wife and I will miss Charlie at the DePauw University basketball games. He always had a lot of fun things to say along with his infectious smile! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Miss you already.

    -- Posted by Lookout on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 6:43 PM
  • You will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to Earl & Joyce & the rest of the family. Yes, Charlie, "I miss you!"

    -- Posted by hayes.cat65 on Tue, Sep 24, 2013, at 8:46 PM
  • So sorry, but I am sure he has a special place in heaven now. You will be missed, Charlie.

    -- Posted by interestedperson#1 on Wed, Sep 25, 2013, at 12:03 AM
  • I know the pain his family is going thru ~ to have someone you love taken from you for no reason except someone's neglect.

    -- Posted by Agent 007 on Wed, Sep 25, 2013, at 7:05 AM
  • Oh Charles. I am so sorry to hear this. Requiescat in pace, neighbor.

    -- Posted by Greencastler on Wed, Sep 25, 2013, at 9:22 AM
  • He was a very sweet man who will be missed by many. Thank you for being a friend to me and my family. We'll miss you "Tuckian"!

    Amanda (Martin) Francis

    -- Posted by roxpup on Wed, Sep 25, 2013, at 9:24 AM
  • We should all learn a lesson from this great person.

    -- Posted by jbastian on Wed, Sep 25, 2013, at 11:10 AM
  • The good Lord took home an Earth Angel...

    The Lord has a special Place for charlie, and I am sure if the Roads in Heaven are Paved in Gold, He will have a Golden Moped there For Charlie, you will be sorley Missed my Friend, But you will NEVER be Forgotten. Prayers for Earl and Joyce.......

    -- Posted by on Wed, Sep 25, 2013, at 6:56 PM
  • Truly an accident and a heartbreak for all involved. Condolences to the family of the deceased.

    (That's unlike the New Year's Day U.S. 36 idiocy, after which moron friends of the out-of-control driver attacked the newspaper for reporting the facts, the witnesses, and everyone else who knew full well what the score was on WHY that wreck happened.)

    -- Posted by Straight Thinker on Thu, Jan 16, 2014, at 2:32 PM
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