Mother, son charged after Jasper crash

Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department charged a mother and her son after a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning a mile east of Jasper.

Deputies were called at 7:50 a.m. to the report of a truck in a ditch at State Road 164 and Trainer Lane. They found a 2001 Chevrolet truck that had ran off the road, damaged landscaping in the 1000 block of the highway, then struck a utility support wire and a road sign before stopping in a ditch. The truck had been westbound before running off the north side of the highway.

Patricia Tomasino, 48, of 1161 Terrace Ave., was on scene and reported that she had been driving the truck, police said.  She told the deputies a deer caused her to run off the road and crash.

Tomasino left the area as deputies worked with a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker driver to tow the vehicle. The deputies continued to investigate and found it appeared the truck’s driver had been inured.

At 8:30 a.m., the deputies went to Tomasino’s residence and located her son, Martin Garcia-Dixon, 18. Police said he had injuries from the crash and had been drinking.

An ambulance was called to the scene and it transported him to Memorial Hospital in Jasper to be treated for a broken nose and cuts to his face, police said.

Deputies cited Tomasino for misdemeanor false informing. Garcia-Dixon was cited for leaving the scene of an injury accident and minor consuming (blood alcohol content .03 percent), which were both misdemeanors. Both will be summoned into court at a later date, according to police who said they released them at the hospital.

Damage in the accident was estimated at $5,000 to the truck, $500 to the Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative utility support wire and its pole, $250 to the yard and landscaping of Eugene and Beverly Merkel, of 1022 E. State Road 164, and $100 to the Trainer Lane road sign owned by the Dubois County Highway Department.

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