Teenagers involved, injured in two recent vehicular crashes occurring on county roads Print
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:16



County deputies had another busy week, being dispatched to a total of five accidents, two of which resulted in injuries to the people involved.

Both of the injury accidents happened on Sunday, March 13, the first at 1:42 a.m.

Matthew C. Carter, 18, Austin, was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup truck north on Jack Morgan Road when he said a deer dashed onto the road in his path. The teenager swerved to miss the animal, which he did, but his action caused the pickup to go off the west side of the road and strike a utility pole.

Carter was treated at the scene by Scott County EMS technicians for minor facial bleeding and a possible nose injury. The vehicle was towed, with Deputy James Shelton estimating property damage at up to $25,000.

The utility pole was owned by Jackson County REMC.

Deputy Shelton was assisted at the scene by Deputy Paul Clute.

At 9:20 p.m. on Sunday, Deputy Shelton and Deputy Rex Herald were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on Boatman Road about 1,000 feet south of Lake Road.

Christiana L. Leonhard, 17, Lexington, was at the wheel when the 1994 Lexus she was driving apparently traveled left of center as she was driving south and struck a northbound 1998 Dodge Ram pickup operated by Bailey R. White, 17, Scottsburg.

Deputy Shelton studied physical evidence at the scene before concluding that, just after Leonhard and White had topped a small hill, markings on the road surface showed that the pickup's front right wheel had come off as his truck was hit by the Lexus. Tire tracks from the truck were visible in the roadside grass where the teenage boy had tried to avoid the car, which he described as in the middle of the road.

With one wheel off, the pickup slewed into the southbound lane before returning to the northbound lane. The truck went back across the south lane, going off the west side of the road and sliding sideways through a field.

Though Leonhard was listed with only minor facial bleeding, she was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital as were her passengers, Megan Lemaster, 15, Scottsburg, and Jesse L. Kruger, 16, Scottsburg. Lemaster and Kruger both suffered neck pain. White was not injured, according to the accident report.

The case remains under investigation.

Property damage in this mishap was also estimated at up to $25,000 and included damage to a privately-owned yard.