Two vehicle crash near West Point sends 6 to area hospitals

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Shortly after 7:00am on Friday, June 10th, deputies from the Tippecanoe County Sheriffs Department responded to a personal injury vehicle crash on Co. Rd. 700 W at Co. Rd. 200 S. First Responders from the West Point Volunteer Fire Department and Paramedics/EMT’s from the Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service (TEAS) also responded to the scene.

One of the vehicles was a 2003 Pontiac Vibe driven by Jose Eduardo Talancon (age 23) of Lafayette, Indiana, and the other vehicle was a GMC full-size pickup truck driven by Matthew A. Hughes (age 20) of Kentland.

Authorities believe Talancon was traveling westbound on Co. Rd. 200 S. at Co. Rd. 700 W. and Hughes was driving southbound on Co. Rd. 700 W. at Co. Rd. 200 S. Talancon allegedly disregarded the stop sign at the intersection and proceeded into the path of Hughes’ truck. The left front of Hughes’ vehicle collided with the right front of Talancon’s car.

Talancon had four passengers in his vehicle. One of the passengers was ejected from the vehicle. The ejected passenger was identified as Juan Rodriguez (age 24) of Lafayette, IN. The other three passengers were identified as: Pedro Ramirez (age 66), Jose Fabian Talancon (age 22), and Ricardo Murillo Tinoco (age 25), all from Lafayette.

All six of the people involved in this crash were transported by four ambulances to two different area hospitals for medical treatment (St. Elizabeth Medical Center (East Campus) & IU/Arnett Health.

Alcohol/drugs were not a factor in this crash. Hughes was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash which helped to prevent serious injury. The three passengers in the rear of Talancon’s vehicle (Ramirez, Tinoco and Rodriguez) were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. It is believed that safety belts would have greatly reduced their risk of injury, especially for Rodriguez, who was ejected from the vehicle.

Jose Eduardo Talancon was arrested for Operating a Vehicle without ever receiving a License (with a previous conviction) – A misdemeanor. He was also cited for Failure to Yield and Driving While Suspended / Infraction.

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