Crothersville man one of two dead in June 19 accident; five hurt locally in crashes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:58

A bizarre accident that involved four vehicles on State Road 50 on Friday, June 19, resulted in the death of a Crothersville man and a North Vernon woman.

Investigators with the Versailles Indiana State Police post said the wreck occurred around 4:37 p.m. on the state highway near County Road 1225 E in Jackson County.

Preliminary investigation results indicated that a 1997 Chevy Silverado pickup truck operated by Chelsea Bolwing, 27, Seymour, struck the rear of a 2007 Ford F150 pickup driven by Larry Jacobs, 65, Commiskey. Both vehicles were headed east, and Jacobs said later that he had slowed because of another vehicle making a turn in front of him.

The Silverado crossed the center line, striking a westbound 1999 Hyundai head-on that was driven by Tiffany Willhite, 24, North Vernon. The larger vehicle pushed the Hyundai off the road and into a ditch and then landed on top of the Hyundai.

A fourth vehicle, a 2012 Chevy van driven by Jacob Simmons, 32, Seymour, struck a tool box that had fallen from the Silverado and into the eastbound lane.

Willhite and her passenger, Christopher Muncy, 27, Crothersville, died of their injuries at the scene.

Bolwing was taken by Jackson County EMS ambulance to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour because of a leg injury. She was then flown by medical helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for additional treatment.

Neither Jacobs nor Simmons were reported injured.

U.S. 50 was closed for three hours while an accident reconstruction was conducted and clean-up was performed.

The crash remains under investigation. Those at the scene included ISP Trooper Seth Davidson, Jackson County Sheriff deputies and Seymour police as well as re-constructionist ISP Sgt. Mark Helms. Others which assisted were Indiana State Excise Police, Seymour Fire Department, Jackson-Washington County Volunteer Fire Department and wrecker services.

In Scott County, five people were injured in mishaps last week.

On Sunday, June 14, at 2:44 p.m., a 2003 Infiniti was struck in the rear passenger side in front of the McDonald’s Restaurant on State Road 56 West in Scottsburg.

The driver of the Infiniti was identified as Dorothy D. Ware, 66, Louisville, Ky. Ware told Lt./Detective Mike Nichols of the Scottsburg Police Department that she was merging into traffic from the McDonald’s and did not see an eastbound 2006 Chevy 1500 pickup truck operated by Mike B. Hurt, 48, Austin. Hurt’s truck hit the SUV in its right rear tire, causing approximately $2,500 in property damage, and overturning a motorcycle that Hurt was hauling in a trailer.

Ware suffered neck pain after the collision. She was treated by Scott County EMS technicians.

On Monday night, June 15, an accident occurred at the intersection of State Road 256 East and Hardy Lake Road just after 8 p.m.

Julie A. Yount, 31, Madison, was driving a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria south on the local access road to Hardy Lake. When she came to the intersection, she told Deputy Jac Sanders that she thought it was a four-way stop. She pulled out in front of 1999 Pontiac Montana van being driven west by Patti Hargrove, 52, Scottsburg.

Both vehicles were badly damaged, Deputy Sanders estimating property loss at up to $25,000.

A child in the Crown Victoria, Leela W. Hendren, 9, Madison, was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital by Scott County EMS for evaluation, the deputy noted. The child was apparently not in a car seat when the accident occurred.

Deputy Sanders was assisted at the scene by Scottsburg Sgt. Rodney Watts.

Shortly after 5 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, Greg and April Ramoni were awakened in their Scottsburg house by the sound of a large boom.

The noise, they learned later, came from a neighbor hitting the couple’s 2007 Dodge Caravan as it sat in their driveway at 201 North Fifth Street. The neighbor, Brandon N. Haven, 36, also of Fifth St., then hit the couple’s 2007 Chevy Trail Blazer so hard that an axle broke and the SUV’s frame was bent. It too was sitting in the Ramonis’ driveway.

Haven then reportedly proceeded to drive over several shrubs and a small tree, accessing the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex. He apparently circled around in the parking lot and came back through the Ramonis’ back fence, finally striking the back of their home.

Haven suffered a possible broken nose in the mishap. He had caused up to $50,000 in property damage, noted Scottsburg Patrolman James Vires.

All of the vehicles were towed from the scene. Haven told the officer he was late for work and that he had no idea what happened.

He refused a breathalyzer test at the scene and was arrested and charged the following day with a criminal misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Haven had pleaded not guilty to that charge and was placed on home incarceration. His trial date on the misdemeanor is scheduled August 6 in Scott Superior Court.

His driving privileges are suspended.

Two people were hurt in a collision that happened at 7:19 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, during a heavy rain on U.S. Highway 31 North about 300 feet north of its intersection with Marshfield Road.

A 2007 Pontiac GT operated by Jess Smith Jr., 60, Scottsburg, struck the rear end of a 2006 Chevy Malibu driven by Rosemary Begley, 54, Scottsburg.

Smith told Deputy Joe Guarneri that the heavy downpour made it hard to see as he drove south on U.S. 31. When Begley slowed down because of a vehicle stopped partially on the road, Smith said he hit the Malibu.

Smith was not injured, but both Begley and her passenger, Mikayla C. Monroe, 12, Scottsburg, experienced minor facial bleeding. They were treated by Scott County EMS technicians.

Deputy Guarneri noted the child was not in a car seat or other restraint at the time of the collision. Property damage was estimated at up to $50,000 by the officer. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy Shawn Mayer and Sgt. Brian Hall of the Scottsburg Police Department.