A Mooresville High School student was hurt in a crash while riding his bicycle on State Road 67 near Mooresville Road in Hendricks County. It happened around 5 a.m. Wednesday. According to Indiana State Police, 18-year-old Brad Cook of Camby failed to yield to a semi tractor trailer at the intersection and was struck.
The high school senior was taken to Wishard Hospital. State police say he was in stable condition with a broken leg, head and internal injuries.
The driver of the semi, identified as 45-year-old Terry Reid of Coatsville, was not injured in the crash.
Investigators say Cook had damage to his right eye from a previous incident and he may have been listening to an iPod at the time of the crash. Both conditions, state police say, may have contributed to Cook not seeing and/or hearing the semi.
COULD ACCIDENT HAVE BEEN PREVENTED?
Business owners who own property at the intersection of Indiana State Road 67 and Mooresville Road in Hendricks County want a promised traffic light to be installed sooner rather than later.
"I don't like to take a car across there that's how bad it is it's just ridiculous. There is a wreck there once a week."
Brad works at the used car lot that sits on the corner. He said their business and the one across the street were both told a red light would be put in more than a year ago.
"They put all the electric and ran that underground and put everything, they put a light up and it was supposed to be done when Walmart was done."
That was June of 2008.
"I avoid it. I go into the street down here and come in behind," said Shonda Romer.
When we told Shonda that an 18-year-old bicyclist was hit in the intersection just a few hours earlier, she was not surprised.
"I think it [traffic light] would have helped," she told Fox59 News.
Her family got a traffic light installation update recently from contractors who were checking the infrastructure that's already in place.
Shonda: "They said they have to get permission from the railroad because they have to coincide with the railroad crossing."
Reporter: "Could that take time?"
Shonda: "They said it could take up to a year."
These business owners wonder if someone were to be killed here would the railroad, county, or state accelerate the process.
An INDOT spokesperson said Wednesday the process to install the light is underway and was delayed for two years because the intersection did not yet have enough traffic to meet federal guidelines.
INDOT's Will Wingfield says now that the traffic flow does meet the standard the project is back on the table again. Wingfield says the Indiana Southern Railroad and Walmart have to sign off on an agreement before the red light can be installed. No timeline for completion is known.