Yesterday, August 28th, at approximately 4:30 pm, the Indiana State Police and 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 the life of a North Vernon man.
According to the initial investigation by Trp. Jacob Tolle, Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, a 1993 Oldsmobile passenger car being driven by Dalton Rinker, age 19, 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, age 39, Indianapolis.
Guillen’s vehicle struck the driver’s side of Rinker’s vehicle. Rinker sustained fatal injuries in the collision. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office. Guillen was not injured in the crash.
It is not clear why Rinker pulled out into the path of Guillen’s vehicle. 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.
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.