Man injured in altercation with driver

Franklin resident arrested; official says victim in critical but stable condition

A man remains in critical condition after he was struck by a car during an altercation Friday in Franklin.

Franklin police were called to the intersection of King Street and Lovers Lane, near Interstate 65, at 9:17 p.m. Friday where a man was laying in the road with serious injuries.

The man, Kaleb Doty, had been thrown from the front of a vehicle driven by Michale L. Mullins Jr. after the two had gotten into an altercation, the report said. Mullins, 21, 2051 E. Benjamin St., Apt. 4, Franklin, was arrested on a charge of criminal recklessness, leaving the scene of an accident and a warrant for a charge of failure to appear.

Doty’s girlfriend told police the altercation between Doty and Mullins began at Franklin Cove Apartments that evening. Doty and his girlfriend had gone to the apartment of his ex-girlfriend. The woman’s current boyfriend, Mullins, came outside and began yelling at them and they left, according to the Franklin police report.

Mullins followed them in a separate vehicle, and when they stopped at the stoplight at Lovers Lane and King Street, Doty got out of the vehicle and began yelling at Mullins. Doty was standing in front of Mullins’ vehicle when Mullins began driving, and headed west on King Street with Doty on the hood of the vehicle, the report said. Doty’s girlfriend followed his vehicle until she realized Doty wasn’t there and turn turned around, and found him laying in the median along King Street, where others had stopped to help, the report said.

Police called Mullins, and he told them that Doty was stalking his girlfriend, and he followed their vehicle to make sure they were leaving, the report said.

He told police that Doty got in front of his vehicle and began banging on the hood. Mullins pulled the vehicle forward a few inches twice, and Doty would step back and continued hitting the hood. Mullins told police he felt he needed to protect the vehicle, which wasn’t his, so he took off. Doty jumped on the hood of the vehicle and would not let go, and he turned on King Street and sped up, reaching about 30 mph, until Doty fell off the hood, striking the driver’s side mirror, the report said.

Doty was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital with multiple injuries, including spinal fractures, a rib and clavicle fracture, facial fractures and a brain bleed, which required surgery, the report said. He was in critical but stable condition on Sunday, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Police arrested Mullins, who was taken to the Johnson County jail and held on $4,150 bond.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.