Witnesses sought following crash that totaled 3 vehicles

From Local Sources

BRETZVILLE — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is looking for witnesses to a Wednesday afternoon accident at the Bretzville Junction that totaled three vehicles and injured all of the drivers.

Shelby Greis, 20, of Jasper, was southbound on State Road 162 at the Bretzville Junction when her 2012 Dodge Avenger was struck in the passenger side by an eastbound 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Valerie Messmer, 32, of Huntingburg, according to the sheriff’s department.

After that collision, the sheriff’s department said, Greis’ car was thrown into the northbound lane of State Road 162 where it was struck just south of the intersection with State Road 64 by a 2007 Dodge Caravan driven by Bonnie Roos, 81, Lamar.

All three vehicles were totaled in the accident.

The intersection was partially blocked for about 45 minutes while the scene was cleared.

Police report that all three drivers were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The sheriff’s department said Greis complained of pain to her arms, while Messmer reported neck and shoulder pain and Roos suffered cuts to her shin and head.

A spokesman at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center said Greis and Messmer were treated and released. Roos was reported to have been transferred to another facility.

According to police, a small amount of suspected marijuana and paraphernalia was located in Messmer’s vehicle following the crash.

Messmer is being cited into court on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of paraphernalia possession (with prior offense), and a preliminary misdemeanor count of possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana (with prior offense).

The sheriff’s department is looking for witnesses to the crash.

Deputies said Greis and Messmer both claimed that they had a green light at the time of the crash. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 812-482-3522.

St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department first responders, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and wreckers from Berg’s Garage and Uebelhor & Sons assisted.

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