Huntingburg fatality results in impaired driving arrest

Herald Staff Writer

HUNTINGBURG — A single-vehicle crash late Friday night northwest of Huntingburg resulted in one person’s death and the arrest of the driver for felony drunken driving resulting in death.


The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was called at 11:47 p.m. to the report of a vehicle on its roof off County Road 400S, a mile west of County Road 400W, with at least one passenger possibly entrapped in water.

Deputies said Bryan S. Hakenjos, 23, of 872 Wernsing Road, Jasper, was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee southbound on County Road 550W when he lost control in a 90 degree curve where the road turns into County Road 400S. The SUV overturned onto its roof into a creek off the north side of the roadway. Two-thirds of the SUV was submerged when officers arrived.

Hakenjos and three passengers exited the vehicle. A fourth passenger was entrapped.

A deputy and a Huntingburg Police Department officer jumped in the water in an unsuccessful attempt to free the remaining passenger. He was subsequently extricated by members of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department. That man was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to authorities. An autopsy will be conducted by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death. Deputies said they were waiting for family members to be notified before releasing the victim’s name.

Hakenjos and the three other passengers were taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital to be treated for hypothermia. Deputies declined to immediately identify the passengers but they did report they were treated and released.

After he was treated, authorities arrested Hakenjos, booking him into the Dubois County Security Center at 3:54 a.m. today on a Class B felony count of drunken driving resulting in death (blood alcohol content .15 percent). Hakenjos is being held without bond until he makes a court appearance, according to authorities.

The accident remains under investigation

An Indiana conservation officer, an Indiana State Police trooper, a Kars wrecker and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

Contact Bill Powell.

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