Accident on State Road 46 West causes traffic backup


MONROE COUNTY — A three-vehicle accident on State Road 46 West in Monroe County April 24 caused a significant traffic backup into Brown County.

At around 3 p.m., Kayla Hutchens, 28, Scurry, Texas, was traveling east on State Road 46 West just past Woodview Drive when a pickup truck slowed to a stop in the middle of the road while attempting to turn into a driveway, an accident report from Indiana State Police said.

Hutchens came to an abrupt stop and her Ford Explorer went partially off the road, Trooper Matthew Harris reported.

Stephen R. Richter, 35, Bloomington, continued traveling east, striking Hutchens’ Explorer and pushing it into a ditch, Harris reported. Hutchens’ vehicle was wedged in the ditch.

Then, the rear end of Richter’s Chevrolet Cavalier swung into oncoming traffic.

Richter’s vehicle was then struck by a westbound Toyota Prius driven by Jhondra Funk, 38, Bloomington.

Richter was helped out of his vehicle by another driver. He was taken to Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital by ambulance with complaints of neck pain. He received bruising all over his body with small cuts.

Richter’s passenger, Aryel L. Stickels, 24, Bloomington, was extricated. She was taken by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington Hospital with a minor concussion, bruises and minor cuts over her entire body, according to the report.

Both were released the same day.

The occupants in Hutchens’ vehicle, including a 4-year-old, all checked out OK. Hutchens and a front passenger had complaints of pain, but refused medical treatment by emergency crews, the report said.

Funk had bruises on her chest and small cuts on her face, but also refused medical treatment.

No charges have been filed at this time, the report said. The investigation is ongoing.

Traffic was backed up in Brown County for at least an hour and a half that afternoon, according to dispatch traffic.

Police were directing traffic to a T.C. Steele Road/Kent Road detour, about two miles from the scene.