UPDATE: Pedestrian fatally injured in accident on square

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 ~ Updated 9:52 PM
Emergency workers attend to a California woman who was hit by a pickup truck on courthouse square Tuesday afternoon. Sharon Osthimer of Bakersfield later died after being airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.

A California woman died at an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a pickup truck on the Greencastle courthouse square.

Sharon Osthimer, 79, Bakersfield, suffered leg and head injuries when she was hit by a Dodge Ram pickup driven by Jeffery Layton, 56, Greencastle.

Osthimer, who was in town visiting family, and another female were attempting to cross Franklin Street at the crosswalk east of Indiana Street.

Layton was southbound on Indiana in his truck, preparing to turn left onto Franklin. He told Officer Darrel Bunten of the Greencastle Police Department he looked both ways before turning, but did not notice the two women trying to cross the street.

As the women crossed from north to south, Layton continued his left turn, striking Osthimer with the left front of the vehicle.

Emergency personnel were dispatched at 1 p.m. to reports of a woman trapped under the vehicle.

They arrived to find Osthimer unconscious, with legs on either side of the truck's left front tire.

Greencastle firefighters used extrication airbags to lift the truck enough to free Osthimer.

She remained unconscious throughout the incident, having apparently struck her head on the pavement when she fell, as well as suffering serious leg injuries.

Operation Life transported her directly to the Putnam County Regional Airport, where a StatFlight helicopter was waiting to transport her to an Indianapolis hospital.

A family member contacted the Banner Graphic late Tuesday afternoon saying that Osthimer had passed away.

Although GPD units were on the scene within minutes of the dispatch, Osthimer was attended to even sooner thanks to two emergency workers -- one active, one retired -- in the chairs at Dick's Barber Shop.

Off-duty Greencastle firefighter Jeff Elkins and retired Putnam County Sheriff Richard Lyon were both at the barber shop and saw the accident happen. Both were out of their chairs and on the street in moments, with Lyon still wearing the neck guard from his haircut.

Additional on-duty responders to the incident included the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and Putnam County Community Corrections.

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  • "Retired", that's a nice way of putting it.

    -- Posted by Clovertucky on Tue, Oct 27, 2015, at 3:53 PM

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Tue, Oct 27, 2015, at 5:06 PM
  • Clovertucky...what else would Richard be? He's retired, right? And since I'm commenting, is this all you have to say about this story? How about THANK YOU! To Richard and Jeff for helping out! It's people like you that make people like me not want to read the Banner. This comment section is horrible for the community.

    -- Posted by townielove on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 1:07 AM
  • Clovertucky I don't know the details to what you might be referring to...an frankly I don't care, I don't feel it's my business. I can, however, assure you of this, as the granddaughter of Sharon Osthimer I am beyond grateful to those men who jumped into action so quickly to try their best to help her. Our family has suffered a great loss today but human kindness has not. Thank you Mr. Elkins and Mr. Lyon you have brought a comfort to our family in ways we cannot fully express. I am praying prayers of comfort for those involved and prayers of gratitude for those who were ready to help.

    -- Posted by BreeOsty on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 2:59 AM
  • I am so glad that Richard Lyon was so close to be able to help so fast.

    Clovertucky--I don't know how old you are but, you need to grow up and act like an adult instead of the insensitive child you portray.

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 7:25 AM
  • so sorry for all involved, including the driver - it could happen to any of us. prayers of strength and comfort for

    -- Posted by talkymom3 on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 7:59 AM
  • Clovertucky: An innocent woman is dead and all you get from the story is semantics about whether Lyon is retired or not? You need professional help, fast.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 8:15 AM
  • Condolences to the family. Very sad. I regularly go through that intersection (as a motorist), and I find that it's very difficult to see who is coming and going where due to the parked cars, etc. Plus the fact that it is a 3-way stop, and not a 4-way....why is that?? I think that is dangerous in and of itself. And then to add pedestrians in the mix makes it worse. I think overall, in the downtown area, things are way to narrow and congested with parked cars, especially in front of Starbucks at that corner. It's not very pedestrian-friendly around town honestly.

    -- Posted by Lindy62 on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 10:28 AM
  • Clovertucky, I think it is really sad that you have total disregard for what these families are going through.....the fanily who lost a dear loved one and the driver and their family for the feelings they are having to deal with. So sad. I do not know you reasoning....but either way it does not matter what it is. I as well as several others apparently find you extremely insensitive! I agree with all of the others on here who have criticized your small minded comment..... As one of them said...grow up!

    -- Posted by egb on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 4:13 PM
  • Sharon was devoted, sweet & caring. She was in town for the funeral of her best friend. Just 4 days ago, she and her daughter were comforting us on our loss, with hugs and caring thoughts. It's hard for me to believe she's gone.

    Thoughts, prayers, and many, many hugs go out to her children and grandchildren. We are so very sorry for your loss.

    -- Posted by DJD on Wed, Oct 28, 2015, at 7:38 PM
  • As the oldest son of Sharon Osthimer, on behalf of her four children and their families we want to express our deep heart felt appreciation to the "first responders" who did everything they could to render aide to our mom in her time of need. Your efforts were not in vain as they demonstrated why she loved the state and the people of Indiana so much and enjoyed returning home to the place of her birth.

    We especially want the driver of the vehicle to know our hearts and prayers go out to him too as we cant imagine the pain he is having to endure as well. Our prayer is that he too knows the comfort of God that our family does in this difficult time. Our comfort is that our mom knew Jesus as her Savior and is now in His presence and we will see her again one day!

    Our mom was an amazing woman. She knew no stranger and if she would have been able to communicate with all who attended to her that day she would have profusely apologized for being a burden to others and interrupting their day. As others have shared, she was a deeply caring person and others focused. She will be greatly missed.

    -- Posted by remitso on Thu, Oct 29, 2015, at 12:10 PM

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Thu, Nov 5, 2015, at 4:04 PM
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