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Woman critical at Methodist after crash into tree
Updated on: 11.08.13

HAMBLEN TWP. -- A Brown County woman remains in an Indianapolis hospital with serious injuries after slamming her car into a tree.

An IU Health Methodist Hospital spokesperson said 41-year-old Sue Ann Winn was in critical condition Nov. 8.

The crash that sent Winn to the hospital by helicopter occurred Nov. 6.

At 3:29 a.m., Brown County Sgt. Mike Moore radioed dispatch about narrowly avoiding a collision with a car that drove off Sweetwater Trail. Indiana State Police Trooper Justin Butler investigated.

Winn was southbound on Sweetwater Trail in a 1993 Ford Mustang when she crested a hill in the center of the road and met Moore’s northbound police vehicle.

Winn swerved to the right to avoid a collision and then overcorrected to the left, which caused the Mustang to leave the east side of the road, according to the ISP report.

Winn’s car crashed head-on into a tree in roughly the 6900 block.

Initially, Moore thought the driver may have fled because he could not find anyone inside the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s log.

Fire erupted in the car. Sgt. Moore reported to dispatch that he emptied his extinguisher, but the fire continued to burn.

Four minutes after reporting the crash, the officer notified dispatch that he had found a woman he suspected had been ejected.

Hamblen Fire Chief Arlan Pierce said emergency personnel had to quickly move Winn from the front of the car before firefighters could fight the fire in the engine compartment. Within two minutes of moving Winn on a backboard, firefighters had the fire out, he said.

A LifeLine Helicopter landed at the fire station. Police reported that Winn was flown to IU Methodist Hospital’s Neuro Critical Care Unit.

Rita Haines, Winn’s former mother-in-law and her emergency contact, said Winn’s family reported to her son that Winn sustained serious brain, heart and knee injuries.

Police secured a warrant for a blood draw from Winn. Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver said the sample was sent to the Indiana Department of Toxicology for testing.

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