Ferdinand man involved in fatal crash

From local sources

EVANSVILLE — A Warrick County woman was killed when her car was struck by a semi tractor-trailer driven by a Ferdinand man Tuesday afternoon at State Road 66 and Epworth Road, which is just east of I-164.

Cheryl A. Ricketts, 60, of Boonville died at the scene of the 1:17 p.m. CDT accident, according to the Warrick County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said Ricketts was northbound on Epworth Road in a 2012 Ford Fusion when her car was struck by an eastbound 1991 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 44-year-old William A. Schwartz, of 1205 Missouri St., Ferdinand. Police said the Freightliner that was hauling coal ran a red traffic signal. The truck is owned by B&M Trucking LLC, also of 1205 Missouri St., Ferdinand.

Schwartz, who declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance, told police he had just come off I-164. He was getting a call and was reaching for his Bluetooth device, which had fallen onto the floor of the truck’s cab, when the collision occurred, police said.

Authorities said the wreck is still under investigation by the Warrick County Sheriff’s Department, Warrick County Coroner’s Office and the Indiana State Police. At the completion of the investigation, police said, the case will be sent to the Warrick County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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