BAINBRIDGE — An Indiana Department of Transportation worker was killed Tuesday while working near Bainbridge.
A news release from the Indiana State Police said Steven Overbay, 27, of Roachdale was killed shortly after 10 a.m. in an accident that occurred in the eastbound land of U.S. 36 about a half-mile west of C.R. 600W.
Initial reports indicated Overbay was with a group of INDOT workers that were “conducting preventative roadway maintenance by removing dirt and debris from the roadway edges,” the ISP report said.
Eastbound traffic was stopped for Overbay, who was acting as a flagman, when an eastbound white 2006 Toyota Matrix failed to stop and veered to the right in an apparent attempt to avoid a rear-end collision with stopped traffic. In doing so, the white Toyota struck Overbay, “propelling him onto the hood of the car and partially through the windshield,” the report said.
Overbay, who had been an INDOT employee since 2007, was standing on the south side of the roadway near the grass and not in the travel portion of the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Putnam County Deputy Coroner Stephen Caulkins.
The car that struck Overbay was driven by Cleve Scott, 79, of Rockville. Scott sustained an arm fracture and lacerations and was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. A passenger in Scott’s vehicle, Aldene Smith, 75, of Rockville, was not injured.
“ISP investigators determined there were five signs deployed by INDOT to warn oncoming traffic of the flagman and construction,” the ISP release said. “Mr. Overbay was wearing his required high visibility reflective vest at the time of impact.”
The crash is under investigation by ISP Senior Trooper Jason Schoffstall and ISP Crash Re-constructionist Sgt. Jim Cody. Assisting were other ISP troopers, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Coroner’s Office, Putnam County Operation Life, Bainbridge Fire and Rescue and Roachdale PMH.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the ISP report will be submitted to the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible criminal charges.
Overbay’s obituary appears on page 2A.