4 injured in New Boston vehicle-vs-pedestrian crash


NEW BOSTON — Four pedestrians were injured in a vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident Wednesday night in front of the New Boston Tavern.

Indiana State Police troopers from the Jasper post were dispatched to the location at 11886 N. State Road 545 at 11 p.m. The pedestrians were in the area for a 4th of July gathering, according to police.

Authorities say two vehicles collided and the four pedestrians were struck by one of those vehicles.

Two victims were airlifted by helicopter for treatment of serious injuries, according to police. The remaining two victims were transported by ground ambulance for treatment. Police said the extent of their injuries is not known at this time and their identities will not be released until later.

The vehicle accident involved Patrick Taylor-Gerber, 28, Tell City, who was driving a 2013 Buick Enclave, and a 17-year-old from Owensboro, Kentucky, who was driving a BMW passenger car.

The Taylor-Gerber Buick struck the juvenile’s car and then struck all four pedestrians, according to police.

Authorities said Taylor-Gerber was not injured and the juvenile was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers said they will be waiting for certified blood/urine analysis results that tested for alcohol and/or drug use. Authorities added that the cause of the crash is still being determined.

Detective and accident reconstructionist Josh Greer said, after a thorough investigation is completed, findings will be forwarded to the Spencer County Prosecutor who will determine if criminal charges are applicable.

The crash investigation closed State Road 545 for three hours.

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Spencer County Emergency Medical Services, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the New Boston and St. Meinrad volunteer fire departments assisted.

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