String of recent crashes include two roll-overs; rear-ender with injuries

By: 
Dave Marner

Four motorists including two 10-year-old girls received minor injuries in a rear-end crash at 9:16 a.m. May 30 on Highway 28 at L&D Drive on the city’s west side.

Maureen E. Land, 59, Belle, was driving a 2005 Dodge van westbound on Highway 28 and was stopped for oncoming traffic as she attempted to make a left-hand turn onto L&D Drive, according to a report by City Marshal Robert Rickerd.

An SUV following Land was driving very fast, two witnesses told police, and struck the rear end of the van Land was driving.

Owensville police identified the driver of the 2002 SATR as Jason M. Roberds, 39, of Belle. Rickerd said he later learned Roberds’ insurance coverage had lapsed.

He told police he had not seen any turn signals on the van. The report noted police checked the signals and brake lights on the van and they had been operational, Witnesses also told police Land had turned on the turn signal.

Sophia Pierce, 10, and Ashley Reed, also 10, were properly restrained passengers in the Land vehicle.

All four motorists were wearing seat belts, according to the police report. All four were transported by ambulance for medical treatment at a hospital.

The police report notes probable contributing circumstances in the crash as driving too fast and following too close.

The wreck on 28 was one of several reported in the area in the past week.

Also last Wednesday, at 1:47 p.m., a Rocket Hauling tractor-trailer unit hauling clay went off the right side of Route EE and went over on its side. No injuries were reported to the driver. He was traveling north on EE coming out of the “S”curve when the crash occurred. The load spilled into the ditch and a pasture.

On Sunday afternoon, Kelsey V. Murphy, Owensville, escaped injury when the 2007 Dodge Nitro she was driving west on Bem Church Road went off the right-hand side of the road and turned onto its side as she struck a slight embankment. The crash was reported at 4:40 p.m.

At 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, Owensville firemen and ambulance district personnel responded to an injury accident incident on Route Y. Ambulance personnel told Sgt. Kent Kreftmeyer they located a motorist at Woolam United Methodist Church.

Christian M. King, 20, had apparently walked a mile from Schalk Road, where his car went off the road into a ditch, back to the church.

Kreftmeyer said the incident appeared to have taken place at a very low speed. On a sharp left-hand curve in Route Y at Schalk Road, it appears the Chevrolet King was driving left the road and went directly into the ditch on the bottom of the high-banked curve.

King was transported by ambulance for a medical evaluation at an undisclosed hospital. Kreftmeyer said King appeared confused about what happened.

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