LAWRENCE, Ind. (March 9, 2016) – A 20-year-old father is dead while his child and three others remain in the hospital following a crash in Lawrence.
Officials say Robert Valentine was the driver of a van that crashed into a pickup truck around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police believe the minivan crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Dodge pickup truck. Four kids inside the minivan, ranging in age from 1 to 5 years old, were taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health; one child remains in critical condition.
Valentine’s 1-year-old is the child that is in critical condition. The others were in serious condition, police said.
Witness Joanna Lipinski said the minivan did not have its headlights on. Seconds after Lipinski slammed on her brakes she heard screaming and crying. The 20-year-old called 911 and ran towards the minivan to help.
“I started getting sick to my stomach just seeing these kids hurt and having blood all over them, every single one of them. Just seeing them in pain is just something that makes me hurt inside,” said Lipinski.
Accident reports show the 1-year-old was in a car seat. Investigators say none of the other children were buckled in to any type of car seat, booster seat, or seat belt.
Lawrence police say Robert Valentine is being prepped for organ donation. His girlfriend Lanija Clark, 19, has since been released from the hospital.
The driver of the truck, identified as Madison Cabbell, was not hospitalized.
Police said there were no indications that alcohol was involved, adding that the investigation is ongoing.