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Dianna Barnett Dies in Kokomo Accident

Jason Reese

Over the weekend, a two-car crash in Kokomo left one woman dead and three men injured. Dianna Barnett, aged 55, lost her life Saturday morning in a fatal accident on Indiana 26. The vehicle in which she was riding was struck by a truck. Barnett was transported to Community Howard Regional Health but was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The driver of the truck was airlifted to IU Methodist Hospital in critical condition.

Charles Barnett was driving himself and his wife on westbound Indiana 26 when 47-year-old John Runyan’s Dodge Dakota rammed into the passenger side of the vehicle. Runyan was heading south on County Road South 400 West. After the collision, the Barnetts’ car rolled once completely before coming to rest. Witnesses to the crash say Runyan failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Indiana 26. Charles Barnett was taken to the hospital but released. A teenage male who was riding in Runyan’s vehicle was also taken to Community Howard after the accident.

Failure To Stop Causes a Majority of Intersection Collisions

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t run a stop sign or stop light at some point in his or her life. A momentary distraction or problems with visibility can have a deadly impact. Other people may simply disregard the stop sign or light, especially on rural roads, where drivers commonly (and incorrectly) assume the lack of traffic allows them to ignore rules of the road without significant risk. Speeding can also play a role in many of these accidents, as drivers who are traveling faster than posted limits may fail to see the traffic sign or signal until it is too late to avoid the intersection.

The Federal Highway Administration says nearly 45% of all vehicle accidents occur at intersection, with most of those accidents being caused by one vehicle’s failure to stop. If you have been seriously injured in an accident at an intersection because another driver failed to stop where required, you should speak to an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney right away. Though in most cases the driver who failed to stop will be found at least partially responsible, there is no doubt their insurance company will work diligently to disprove your claim.

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