Huntingburg man airlifted after SUV-vs-scooter fatal

VINCENNES — A Huntingburg man was airlifted after a Thursday night SUV-versus-scooter collision that killed a Daviess County man.

Kayla Jones, 26, Bicknell, had just entered onto U.S. 41 northbound from Willow Street in Vincennes when the 9:46 p.m. accident occurred, according to Indiana State Police.

Jones’ 2015 Jeep Cherokee collided into the rear of a 2019 Kymco Agility scooter operated by Robert Vaquero, 22, of Huntingburg, according to police.

The passenger on the scooter, 21-year-old Skylar Newton of Washington, died at the scene. Police said he was not wearing a helmet.

Vaquero was initially taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes but was later airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville where he is currently being treated for serious injuries, according to authorities. Vaquero was also not wearing a helmet, police said.

Jones was not injured.

According to investigating troopers, Jones did not see the moped until just prior to the collision. Troopers inspected the moped and determined that the rear taillight was not illuminated at the time of the crash.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Vincennes Township Fire Department and the Knox County Coroner’s Office assisted.

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