1 injured, 2 arrested after car-vs-semi collision

From Local Sources

JASPER — Two people were arrested after a car-versus-semi crash late Wednesday afternoon on Jasper’s north side.


Samantha J. Striegel, 31, 423 E. 14th St., Jasper, was southbound in the 3700 block of Newton Street when the 1999 Ford Taurus she was driving traveled left of center, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Striegel’s car struck the loaded trailer being pulled by a 2015 Freightliner driven by Steven D. Davis, 43, Chicago, Illinois, police said.

Striegel was entrapped and had to be extricated by members of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department. She suffered minor scrapes and complained of clavicle and arm pain, according to police.

A Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services ambulance transported Striegel for treatment.

Police learned Striegel’s license was suspended and a warrant had been issued Monday in Dubois Superior Court charging her with a Level 6 felony count of unlawful possession of a syringe. A blood draw at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center reportedly found amphetamines, ecstasy and benzodiazepines in her system after the accident.

While officers were working the accident, police said, a friend of Striegel’s, Matthew E. Cronin, 31, Tell City, ran onto the scene and interfered with the investigation. Cronin was walked from the scene and told that he needed to quit yelling. Officers said they would update him on the situation at a later time.

Police report Cronin again ran onto the scene, yelling at emergency personnel. When officers attempted to cuff Cronin, police allege, he resisted but was subdued a short time later.

Authorities booked Cronin into the Dubois County Security Center at 8:20 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and refusing to leave an emergency scene. He posted bond a short time later.

After she was treated, Striegel was booked into the security center at 10:08 p.m. on the active warrant and on new preliminary misdemeanor charges of operating while intoxicated (drugs), illegal possession of a controlled substance and driving while suspended (prior). Police also cited her for driving left of center and operating without financial responsibility.

The accident totaled the Taurus and caused an estimated $3,000 in damage to the semi trailer.

Davis was not injured.

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