Holland-area crash seriously injures father, son

From local sources

HOLLAND — A father and son were among three people injured in a Saturday night rollover crash south of Holland in which alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Holland Volunteer Fire Department first responders were called to County Road 1075S just west of County Road 720W at 11:49 p.m. after an accident with injuries was reported.

Upon arrival, deputies found 49-year-old Ben E. Stout Sr., of 1346 Dewey St., Jasper, lying next to a wrecked 2004 Mazda and his son, 18-year-old Ben E. Stout Jr., 3828 N. Portersville Road, Jasper, partially trapped in the passenger seat of the upside-down car. A passenger in the back seat, 18-year-old Alejandro Castillo, also of the 3828 N. Portersville Road address, had crawled out a rear door of the vehicle.

Ben Stout Sr. was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville with a head injury, according to deputies. His son was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment of injuries that included a broken leg. Ben Stout Jr. was later transferred to St. Mary’s, police said.

Castillo, who suffered a cut to his left hand, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released, according to the sheriff’s department.

A preliminary investigation determined the Mazda driven by Ben Stout Sr. was eastbound on County Road 1075S when it crested a hill at a high rate of speed. Stout lost control of the car, which ran off the north side of the road. The Mazda hit an embankment and overturned three to five times before stopping on its roof.

The sheriff’s department said alcohol is believed to have been a factor and toxicology results are pending.

The crash totaled the car and knocked over a Perry-Spencer Communications junction box, causing total damage estimated at between $10,000 and $25,000.

Deputies who ticketed Ben Stout Sr. for speed too fast to avoid a collision said drunken driving charges are possible at a later date.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, a LifeFlight helicopter ambulance and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker also assisted.

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