An Indianapolis hospital and the Clay County Sheriff's Department has released information about an accident near Carbon on May 27, which hospitalized two local residents and has caused some to wonder what really happened that night.
On Friday, a Wishard Hospital spokesperson said that John H. Shaffer Jr., 48, and Mary R. Hatfield, 45, both of Carbon, are still hospitalized at the facility, with Hatfield in the critical care unit.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. last Saturday, Shaffer was driving a motorcycle southbound on N. C.R. 200 E., with Hatfield as a passenger, when he hit a car at the intersection of of E. C.R. 1350 N.
Ethan R. Jensen, 16, of Brazil, (traveling westbound on 1350 N.) told authorities he had completely stopped at the intersection for the stop sign. Not seeing any traffic, he pulled into the roadway and was struck by Shaffer.
No injuries were reported for Jensen or the juvenile passenger in the vehicle.
"This is a failure to yield case," Sgt. Dan Best told The Brazil Times. "Shaffer did not have to stop for a stop sign, which gives him the right-of-way."
The quick response time by members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Carbon Town Marshal's Office, who were in the area on another call, confused some area residents. Without any immediate details, rumors began to circulate about what happened.
Concerned residents placed several phone calls to The Brazil Times this past week seeking information about a possible drug raid in the area.
Dispatchers at the 911 call center in the Clay County Justice Center reported receiving at least one call about the rumored drug raid.
Some callers wanted to know if officers were hurt in the drug raid because the Air Evac helicopter was on the scene.
"It's terrible that these people were hurt, but this was a simple accident. Nothing more," Sheriff Mike Heaton said when asked about the rumors. "Honestly, I don't know how these things get started. Trust me, if we'd been involved in any situation where officers were hurt, you'd be the first to know."