Jasper councilman, wife OK after fatal crash

From local sources

STANFORD — Jasper Councilman Tom Schmidt, 74, and his wife, Carol, 72, escaped injury in a crash that killed a Bloomington man Tuesday evening in Monroe County.

Eric Lach, 35, was pronounced dead at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital following the 6:30 p.m. crash six miles west of Bloomington along State Road 45, according to Indiana State Police.

Police said Lach was northbound on the highway in a 1995 Ford sedan when his vehicle went left of center and struck the driver’s side front of the 2005 GMC SUV driven by Tom Schmidt, 988 Terrace Ave.

Lach’s car continued north in the southbound lanes until it rotated into the path of a southbound 2005 GMC pickup truck driven by 41-year-old Brian Dewbrew of Greenwood, according to authorities.

The Schmidts were taken by private vehicle to a hospital where they were checked before returning home.

Tom Schmidt told The Herald that Dewbrew was shaken but not injured. He sat in the Schmidts’ vehicle to keep warm at the scene, the city councilman said.

Tom Schmidt said he went to assist Lach but nothing could be done to save him because of his extensive injuries.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department assisted.

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