On Thursday evening, March 24, a rear-end crash on U.S. Highway 31 at Marshfield Road resulted in injuries to two women.
Teresa J. Watford, 48, Scottsburg, had stopped her southbound 2004 Volkswagen Jetta on U.S. 31 in preparation to turn east onto Marshfield Rd. just after 6:30 p.m. The Jetta was struck in the rear by a 2009 Ford Focus operated by Joshua T. Vires, 21, Austin.
Vires talked to Deputy Joe Guarneri following the crash and told him that he didn't see the Jetta stop. He said he applied his brakes but started sliding. Watford told the officer that she saw the car coming in her rearview mirror and tried to move but could not get out of its way.
Watford and her passenger, Elizabeth Anderson, 43, Austin, each suffered neck pain and were transported to Scott Memorial by Scott County EMS technicians.
The Focus was driveable, but damage to the Jetta disabled it, requiring it to be towed. Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 by Deputy Guarneri. He also indicated that following too closely was a factor in the accident.
Assisting at the scene were Deputy Paul Clute and Sgt. Brian Hall of the Scottsburg Police Department.
Two children were among the four injured in a two-vehicle crash at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, on State Road 56 West in Scottsburg. The accident happened 75 feet west of the road's intersection with U.S. 31.
Janna E. Evans, 34, Scottsburg, told Sgt. Steven Herald that she had been preparing to pull out onto S.R. 56 from the CVS Pharmacy's parking lot. She said another motorist waved her out onto the eastbound lanes, but as she steered her 2005 Cadillac forward, it was struck by a 1995 Lincoln Town Car driven by Doris Prewitt, 78, Lexington.
Both women were hurt, Evans experiencing head pain while Prewitt suffered a possible elbow/lower arm injury. Two children in Evans' car were also listed. Xavier Eads, 9, Scottsburg, had an injury to his knee/lower leg/foot, and Eva Aiona, 1, Scottsburg, had unspecified injuries. The women were treated at the scene by Scott County EMS personnel.
Sgt. Herald cited failure to yield as an accident factor. He estimated up to $10,000 in property damage from the wreck. He also cited Evans for failure to have proof of insurance.
The officer was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Joe Nicholson and Patrolman Trevis Burr.