Various causes for recent vehicle accidents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Monday, 22 December 2014 14:34

Two drivers who apparently fell asleep while driving in Scott County wound up in accidents which injured them, according to recent reports from the Sheriff’s Department and Scottsburg City Police Department.

On December 6 at 4:30 p.m., Deputy Shawn Mayer was dispatched to the scene of a one-vehicle accident on State Road 203.

The driver was identified as Christopher M. Neace, 21, Austin. He was driving his 2014 Chevy Camaro northbound on the state road. He told Deputy Mayer that he dozed off at the wheel.

The car left the highway, striking a privately-owned driveway culvert and a state-owned highway sign before overturning and coming to rest upside-down.

Use of his seatbelt helped protect Neace, as did the car’s airbag, which deployed. Neace, however, did experience head pain and was assisted by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene. He was taken to Scott Memorial Hospital for additional treatment and assessment.

Property damage in the mishap was estimated at up to $50,000 by Deputy Mayer. The car was towed from the scene.

Twenty-three hours later, Scottsburg police were dispatched to the scene of an accident on U.S. Highway 31 South about 500 feet south of Curtsinger Drive.

Patrolman Trevis Burr, Sgt. Joe Nicholson and Capt. David Hardin worked the accident scene as did Scott County EMS and a wrecker crew.

Jenet M. Larson, 49, Charlestown, told Ptl. Burr that she was headed south on U.S. 31 in her 2000 Isuzu Rodeo when she fell asleep.

The car struck a privately-owned mailbox as it left the highway, coming to rest after it hit a tree in a yard. Larson suffered chest pain and was treated at the scene by EMS technicians. She was then transported to Scott Memorial for further evaulation.

Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 by Ptl. Burr.

An early morning accident on December 7 injured a 17-year-old driver on State Road 356.

Caleb S. Baker of Scottsburg was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger east on the highway just after 1 a.m. that Sunday when he said a deer ran in front of the car, causing him to slam on the brakes.

The car swerved to the left and then ran off the road, striking a tree.

Baker suffered a possible shoulder/arm injury in the mishap. Scott County EMS technicians took care of him at the scene and then transported him to Scott Memorial Hospital.

Property damage was estimated by Deputy Joe Johnson to be up to $25,000 because of the damage to the vehicle. Reserve Deputy James Wampler assisted at the scene.

On Monday, December 8, an injury accident happened on East Lovers Lane Road about 500 feet east of its intersection with Prewitt Lane. The mishap occurred shortly after 9 p.m.

Chelsea E. Crumes, 21, Lexington, had been driving west on the county road in a 2007 Pontiac Vibe. She was unable to provide Deputies Mayer and Rex Herald with information because of a head injury, but the officers concluded that she had gone left of the center lane and possibly over-corrected her steering, running off the road. The car struck a ditch and a tree.

Crumes was trapped in the car and had to be freed by volunteer firemen. Scott County EMS was on hand to monitor her condition, and she was eventually air-lifted to University of Louisville Hospital by medical helicopter.

Property damage was estimated at up to $25,000.

A driver’s medical condition required that he be taken by ambulance to Scott Memorial on Thursday, December 11, after becoming involved in a rear-end accident at the intersection of S.R. 56 and U.S. Highway 31 in Scottsburg.

Just before 3 p.m., Teresa W. Meagher, 48, Scottsburg, rear-ended the vehicle of George M. Reece, 69, Deputy. Reece became unresponsive at the scene, signaling the need for medical assistance. Once at the hospital, Reece told officers he was on his way to pick up his wife when the accident occurred.

Property damage in that mishap was estimated at under $1,001 by the Scottsburg officer.