County roadway fatalities fell to 1 in 2019

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

One person lost their life on a Dubois County roadway in 2019, down from two deaths in 2018.

Barring anyone else succumbing to injuries attributed to a 2019 accident, Dubois County has recorded its lowest county roadway fatality total in more than 35 years.

Prior to 2019, the county fatality toll had fallen to as low as two on six occasions in the previous 35 years (2018, 2010, 1994, 1991, 1987 and 1986).

Last year’s lone fatality claimed the life of an 86-year-old Holland woman whose SUV crossed into the path of a semi on State Road 161 just north of I-64 on June 24.

Not tallied as a Dubois County road death in 2019 was a 60-year-old Vanderburgh County woman killed in an April 4 crash between I-64’s Huntingburg and Ferdinand exits because that stretch of interstate near the 60-mile marker is in Spencer County. The Evansville woman was killed when her eastbound vehicle drove off the north side of the roadway, crossed over the median and collided with a westbound semi.

Another area roadway death occurred Nov. 16 when an 82-year-old man on a three-wheeled scooter was struck in Dale by an SUV that left the scene. The driver of the SUV was located and charged with Level 4 felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Dubois County has averaged 5.6 roadway deaths per year over the last 20 years. The most deadly year in that span was 2004, when 11 motorists lost their lives.

The county roadway fatality total has reached double digits four times in the last 35 years: 2013, 2004, 1990 and 1988.




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