Police: Unlicensed elderly driver causes Muncie accident
Chris Proffitt/Eyewitness News
Muncie - Police say a 94-year-old Muncie man is responsible for an accident that severely injured a moped rider. So why was a senior driver on the road without a valid drivers license for the last three years?
Harrison Kissick was driving his pickup truck on Wednesday morning when he struck 49-year-old Tony Estes, also of Muncie, while making a left turn.
"Drives literally right over him," said Muncie Police Officer Steve Watkins.
Estes was dragged 15 feet underneath the vehicle, and his injuries are severe. A ruptured spleen, torn pancreas and multiple fractures in his leg. The accident was caused by a man that hasn't had a drivers license for three years.
Kissick's license wasn't renewed by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and to make matters worse, this isn't the first time he's struck a motorist.
According to Officer Watkins, "In 1993 he'd been involved in failing to yield the right-of-way to a moped that sent two victims to Indianapolis by helicopter, critically injured."
It's unclear how often Kissick has driven since he lost his license, but it's certain that he shouldn't have been behind the wheel.
A disabled veteran now at a Muncie hospital without insurance to cover enormous medical bills.
According to a report by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, senior citizens sped past teenagers as the age group with the highest number of traffic accidents per mile. The report calls for changes in states' drivers license renewals to address the risks that elderly drivers pose. While there are many elderly drivers who are safe on the road, Kissick was denied a license renewal by the state, which normally happens when a physician certifies the person no longer capable of driving safely.
Friends of Estes, a disabled veteran without insurance to cover his enormous medical bills, are afraid that Kissick will drive again.
"This guy has ruined his privilege. He's shown Muncie residents that he's a terrorist behind the wheel," said Mike Dorton, a friend of Estes who plans to file a civil suit against Kissick.
Eyewitness News tried to talk to Kissick but no one answered the door of his home. He received several traffic citations but wasn't arrested.