Four people were listed as injured, according to reports issued recently by the Scott County Sheriff's Department and the Scottsburg Police Department.
Stephanie M. Criswell, 32, Scottsburg, was at the wheel of her 2000 Honda Passport SUV on Sunday morning, November 29, when the vehicle appeared to go out of control.
Criswell had been traveling south on U.S. Highway 31 when the mishap occurred just after 7:30 a.m. about 100 feet north of Hardy Road in Vienna Township.
Deputy Jac Sanders stated in his report that Criswell's SUV apparently ran off the right side of the road and then skidded and went across the northbound lane. It entered a ditch line, continuing until hitting a state-owned sign and flipping over.
Criswell was assisted by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene. She was then transported by ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital with unspecified injuries.
Deputy Sanders estimated property damage at up to $10,000.
In Scottsburg, Sgt. Rodney Watts, Patrolman Trevis Burr and Lt./Detective Mike Nichols were dispatched to the scene of an accident on State Road 56 West at Oak Drive just past 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 4.
Sgt. Watts talked with driver Malcolm M. Neace, 23, Scottsburg, learning that Neace had been attempting to enter the westbound lanes of S.R. 56 from a restaurant parking lot on the south side of the highway. Neace said a motorist in an eastbound lane stopped and made a break in a line of traffic for him.
When he moved into the westbound lane, a 1991 Buick Regal struck his 2012 Ford Fusion as it was being driven westward by Claudette Wooten, 78, Austin.
Wooten and her passenger, Joe C. Wooten, 48, were both transported by Scott County EMS to the local hospital. The woman experienced chest pain, and Joe Wooten had head pain.
Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000.
Another accident outside Scottsburg's city limits occurred on Friday, December 4, just before 7 p.m. on S.R. 56 East close to McNeely Road.
In this mishap, Kendall P. Adams, 22, Lexington, told Deputy Joe Johnson that she had been backing out of a driveway onto S.R. 56 on that foggy night. When she finally saw the eastbound 1998 Honda Accord driven by Bobbie J. Pettit, 33, Scottsburg, Adams said she thought the approaching vehicle was farther away.
Unfortunately, it was not. The Accord struck the 2013 Ford Escape being driven by Adams on its passenger side.
Adams suffered back pain and was transported by ambulance to Scott Memorial. Pettit was listed as not injured.
Property damage was estimated at up to $25,000. Deputy Paul Clute assisted at the accident scene.
A Scottsburg woman was arrested after being involved in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 31 South at the entrance to a subdivision across from the Scott County Fairgrounds.
Deborah Ann West, 47, was taken into custody on December 3 by Major Richey Barton of the Scottsburg police after she had run off the road and entered a ditch by the subdivision. In talking to Mj. Barton after the mishap, West indicated she was trying to enter the subdivision at Lee Street but she missed the entrance and then was trying to turn around.
She was cited for felony operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
In her initial hearing in Scott Superior Court on December 4, a not guilty plea was entered for her. Her driving license was suspended, and the Prosecutor's Office also entered a Prior Conviction Notice against West, relating that she has been convicted of the same offense on two occasions in 2011, one in Scott County and another in Clark County.
West's trial is scheduled February 29. Her bond is set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash. A public defender has been assigned to the case.