Marshall-Shadeland man waives hearing in Wabash Tunnel crash

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A Marshall-Shadeland man waived his preliminary hearing this morning on charges that he sped through the Wabash Tunnel earlier this fall, causing a crash that left two friends severely injured.

Jordan Maddox, 21, faces charges of aggravated assault by vehicle, causing an accident involving injury, driving with a suspended license and numerous other crimes. He is scheduled to appear in court for formal arraignment Jan. 3, according to online court records.

Port Authority police wrote in a criminal complaint that they suspect that Mr. Maddox was driving his girlfriend’s silver Cadillac SRX through the Wabash Tunnel at about 99 mph shortly before he hit a barrier about 7:15 a.m. Sept. 28.

When police arrived, the driver was missing and two men were lying in the road, according to the complaint. One had bleeding on his brain that required doctors to remove parts of his skull and attach a metal plate, a fractured shoulder that left him with a paralyzed left arm, multiple broken ribs and injuries that cost him several front teeth. The other had a head injury, multiple broken ribs and an arm fracture that had to be fixed with steel pins, police said.

Police wrote that they suspect Mr. Maddox had been drinking and possibly smoking marijuana earlier that night.

Mr. Maddox’s defense attorney, Milton Raiford, said this afternoon, “It was an accident that happened.”

He said he attributed the accident in part to Mr. Maddox’s “fragile make-up, the desire to numb himself to his reality.”

Mr. Maddox suffered from leukemia as a child and sustained a career-ending football injury while he was in high school, his attorney said. Mr. Raiford said his client has been cooperating with the investigation and they are attempting to get him evaluated to see if he might suffer from mental health, drug or alcohol problems.

“This left him in a very tough mental state,” Mr. Raiford said. “Nobody wants to be involved in an accident that involves his friends.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.

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