Pedestrian struck and killed in crash on New Year’s Eve

At approximately 11:10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31, the Indiana State Police responded to the Belterra Casino, located in Florence, Ind., after a pedestrian was struck by a passenger car on Ind. 156 in front of the casino, said ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

The initial investigation by Trp. Andrew Garrett indicated that a black 2008 Mazda passenger car, being driven by Patricia Villines, age 62, Warsaw, Ky., was traveling eastbound on Ind. 156 in front of the Belterra Casino, he said.  

The investigation indicated that four people were attempting to walk across Ind. 156 to an overflow parking lot across the highway from the casino, he said.  

One of those individuals, Robert V. Loughry, age 47, Gahanna, Ohio, was struck by Villines’ vehicle while attempting to cross the roadway, said Wheeles.
Loughry sustained fatal injuries in the collision.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Switzerland County Coroner’s Office, he said.

Toxicology results are pending on Villines and Loughry. Loughry’s family has been notified. The investigation is ongoing, said Wheeles.

Garrett was assisted by Trp. Jacob Tolle, Indiana State Police-Versailles Post, Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, Switzerland County EMS, Switzerland County Coroner’s Office, Belterra Casino Security Department, and the Pleasant Township Fire Department.

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