at school zone has officers urging motorists to slow down
Officer Blake Roope was wearing a neon green traffic vest, using
neon green traffic wands, and had his fully marked police car
with emergency lights on placed at the side of the road to slow
traffic down, he still was nearly struck by a motorist that caused
a crash on SR 46 last week.
According to information from Batesville Police Chief Stan Holt,
the school resource officer (Roope) was directing traffic at the
intersection of SR 46 and Huntersville Road about 3:15 p.m. on
Wednesday, August 25 when the incident occurred.
School was letting out and Roope directed Kiera Miller, 16, of
Batesville, to turn east on SR 46. As Miller was following the
officers direction and making the turn, her vehicle was
struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by Toni Collins,
65, of Greensburg. Collins told police she did not notice Officer
Roope directing traffic.
As the officer directed Miller to make the turn he noticed that
Collins was not paying attention. Officer Roope noted that he
had to jump out of the roadway to keep from being
Miller was treated at the scene for minor injuries according to
police, and Collins was not injured.
Officers urge motorists to abide by the speed limit signs around
school zone areas and be aware. In this case, the speed limit
was 35 mph. This particular school zone is marked by the Indiana
Department of Transportation with flashing amber lights.
The accident is being investigated by Chief Holt who was assisted
by SRO Roope, Lt. Gandy Browning, and Officer Jerry Taul. Batesville
Fire and EMS also responded to the scene.