For The Record: 2/14


JASPER — A Martin County motorist’s car crashed into a City of Jasper light pole when the driver fell asleep at the wheel Thursday morning.

Kenneth J. Allen, 55, of Shoals was northbound on Newton Street in a 1991 Honda Civic when the 6:43 a.m. mishap occurred near 37th Street, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Allen told authorities he fell asleep while driving.

Police said the Honda crossed through Newton Street’s southbound lane, ran off the west side of the street and struck a City of Jasper light pole.

Damage was estimated at $4,000 to the light pole and $2,000 to the Honda.

Allen escaped serious injury and did not require transport from the scene.


MALTERSVILLE — Black ice was cited as a factor in a one-vehicle mishap Sunday morning south of Maltersville.

Abby R. Hochgesang, 19, of 7425 E. State Road 64, Birdseye, was northbound on State Road 162 in a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the 5:42 a.m. accident occurred north of County Road 350S, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Hochgesang encountered black ice when traffic slowed and her SUV ran off the east side of the highway, stopping against a guardrail.

Damage to the rear of the vehicle was estimated to have exceeded $1,000.

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