PUTNAM COUNTY (Aug. 5, 2014) – A Terre Haute man died while coming to the aid of a stranded Texas couple Monday night.
The accident happened around 10:40 p.m. Monday on westbound Interstate 70 near the 32 mile marker.
According to Indiana State Police, a 2009 GMC Yukon ran out of gas and stopped on the emergency shoulder. The passenger, Johnny Driedger, went to a nearby house for help. When he returned, the battery on the Yukon wasn’t working.
John Dugger, 22, Terre Haute, stopped to help Driedger. His wife, Erica, had been driving the Yukon when it stopped. Dugger and Johnny Driedger decided to push the stalled vehicle to Dugger’s Volkswagen for a jumpstart.
State police said Dugger stepped into the driving lane to talk to Dreidger while they were pushing the vehicle. Dreidger was partially inside the vehicle while Dugger was pushing it from behind. The driver of an oncoming car didn’t see them, hitting Dugger and sending him airborne. He landed on another woman, who state police said was his sister, Andrea. State police had originally identified her as Dugger’s wife.
A helicopter took Dugger to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He succumbed to his injuries early Tuesday morning, state police said. Andrea Dugger was also taken to Methodist after suffering a leg injury.
Police said the Yukon didn’t have its emergency flashers activated because the vehicle’s battery wasn’t working. The driver of the vehicle that hit Dugger—identified as Terry Scarbrough, 55, Farmersburg—was not cited in connection with the crash.
Police said drugs and alcohol were not factors.