Alcohol believed factor in Gibson double fatal

From local sources

PATOKA — Alcohol is believed to have factored into a Saturday evening crash in Gibson County that killed two men and left a woman seriously injured.

Trevor Watt, 19, Princeton, was northbound on Old U.S. 41 north of Princeton in a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze when the 7:30 p.m. accident occurred at Gibson County Road 225N, according to Indiana State Police.

Watt was preparing to turn left onto the county road as a northbound 2013 Chrysler 200, driven at a high rate of speed by Ashley Sanders 25, Patoka, approached from behind the Watt Chevrolet, police said.

For unknown reasons, police reported, Sanders failed to notice Watt’s vehicle slowing. Her Chrysler rear-ended the Chevrolet.

Watt and his front seat passenger, James Gasaway, 20, Haubstadt, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. They had been wearing seat belts, according to authorities.

Sanders, who was not wearing a seat belt, was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital Evansville to receive treatment for serious injuries, police said.

The investigation is continuing, but investigating troopers said alcohol was believed to have been a factor.

Old U.S. 41 was closed two and a half hours while troopers investigated.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s Department assisted.

On Monday, Sgt. Todd Ringle reported that state police had responded to four fatal crashes statewide, resulting in 10 fatalities during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The state police also reported arresting 29 impaired drivers statewide during the holiday weekend.

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