Driver in crash that injured pedestrians chargedSeptember 26, 2018
From Local Sources
NEW BOSTON — The driver of an SUV involved in a two-vehicle crash in New Boston in July that resulted in injuries to pedestrians has been charged with eight felonies.
According to the Spencer County Prosecutor's Office, Patrick Taylor-Gerber, 28, of Tell City was arrested today on four Level 6 felony counts of causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance in the body and four Level 6 felony counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.
On July 4, Taylor-Gerber was the driver of a 2013 Buick Enclave involved in the two-vehicle traffic accident that occured at 11886 N. State Road 545 at 11 p.m and resulted in injuries to four pedestrians.
Two pedestrians were flown to hospitals and two others were transported to hospitals by ambulance.
Lisa M. George, 31, of Branchville remained hospitalized for several weeks following the accident due to injuries sustained in the crash, according to police.
Two juveniles, ages 7 and 9, as well as Cheryl D. Price, 58, of Tell City, were also injured in the crash.
Indiana State Police Detective Joshua Greer investigated the crash and later obtained search warrants with the assistance of the Spencer County Prosecutor's Office for the event data recorder from Taylor-Gerber's Buick and for Taylor-Gerber's cell phone.
According to police, Greer later determined that speed, cell phone use and use of a controlled substance were all likely factors contributing to the accident.
All four victims who were struck have been released from area hospitals and are recovering.
"The Indiana State Police conducted a very thorough and detailed investigation and accident reconstruction in this case that ultimately led to charges being filed,said Spencer County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Wilkinson in announcing the charges. "I very much appreciate the many hours of work Detective Greer has put into this investigation."
Taylor-Gerber is being held at the Spencer County Law Enforcement Center on bond of $100,000 surety or $10,000 cash.
Taylor-Gerber is expected to appear by closed-circuit video for an initial hearing in the case on Friday morning at 9 a.m. in the auxiliary courtroom of the Spencer Circuit Court. Further court dates will be set at that time.
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