(Courier staff photos by Connor Jacobs)
(Courier staff photos by Connor Jacobs)
A two-vehicle crash in the 400 block of Clifty Drive about 6 p.m. yesterday took the life of a Madison man and injured four others.

The early investigation from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicated a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Clarence P. Wiseman, 72, of Deputy, pulled northbound onto Clifty Drive from a business on the south side of the roadway.

Wiseman’s vehicle entered the roadway into the path of a westbound 2005 Cadillac driven by Donald W. Abbott Jr., 37, of Lexington, police said. The front driver’s side of Abbott’s vehicle struck the front passenger side of Wiseman’s vehicle.

A passenger in Wiseman’s vehicle, D. Keith Hazelwood, 59, of Madison, sustained fatal injuries. He was dead at the scene. Wiseman sustained serious injuries and was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital.

Abbott, along with his wife, Christy L. Abbott, 40, and their son Bret Abbott, 10, sustained minor injuries. They were all taken to King’s Daughters’ Hospital for treatment.

Police said the initial investigation found neither Wiseman nor Hazelwood were properly restrained in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash although toxicology results on both drivers are pending.

State police said the investigation is ongoing. ISP was assisted by the Madison Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, King’s Daughters’ Hospital EMS, Madison Fire Department and Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.