STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind (WANE) Police say six of the seven children inside a car that crossed into oncoming traffic early Sunday evening in Steuben County were not restrained properly and the driver may have gotten distracted by one of the children.
Nicole Tibbetts, 24, of Angola was driving on County Road 150 S at around 6:15 pm when she drove into the path of another car according to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department. One of the passengers told police Tibbetts had been trying to get one of the children who wasn’t restrained to sit down. Six of the children inside Tibbetts Volkswagen Jetta were hospitalized for various injuries. One child was flown by helicopter to Fort Wayne, while the others were treated in Angola. The one child that had been properly restrained was taken to a hospital to be evaluated, but appeared to be unharmed. Both Tibbetts and the other driver, who was wearing a seat belt, were also taken to a hospital for treatment.
Tibbetts was cited for seven seat belt violations, expired registration, driving left of center and no proof of insurance. The case has been forwarded to the Steuben County Prosecutor’s Office and the Division of Family and Children. Alcohol does not appear to have played a role in the crash according to investigators.
The Angola Police Department, the Indiana State Police, Angola Fire Department, Steuben County EMS all were called to the scene as well as the Parkview Samaritan helicopter.