Driver arrested in Gibson County double fatal

Photos courtesy Indiana State Police

From Local Sources

PATOKA — The driver involved in a double fatal accident in Gibson County earlier this month was arrested this morning after police say it was determined she was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Sanders

After reviewing the crash investigation that killed Trevor Watt, 19, of Princeton and James Gasaway, 20, of Haubstadt, the Gibson County Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Ashley Sanders, 25, of Patoka. Both men were killed the evening of Saturday, Sept. 1.

Indiana State Police reported Watt 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.

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

Sanders’ Chrysler rear-ended the Chevrolet.

Watt and Gasaway were pronounced dead at the scene. They had been wearing seat belts but died of blunt force trauma, 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 at the time that alcohol was believed to have been a factor.

During the course of the crash investigation, police say troopers were able to determine that Sanders’ car was going a minimum of 98 mph before it struck the rear of Watt’s vehicle.

Police say further investigation revealed Sanders had a blood alcohol content of .27 percent and allegedly had marijuana and methamphetamine in her system.

Sanders was arrested without incident at her residence at approximately 6:30 a.m. this morning and taken to the Gibson County Jail where she is currently being held without bond. She is charged with two Level 4 felony counts of operating while intoxicated (alcohol) resulting in death and two Level 4 felony counts of operating while intoxicated (methamphetamine) resulting in death.

During the Labor Day holiday weekend, state police responded to four fatal crashes statewide that resulted in 10 fatalities.

 




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