Woman breaks neck in impaired driving crash

Herald Staff Writer

CUZCO — Police say alcohol was a factor in a Sunday afternoon wreck north of Cuzco that left a woman with a broken neck.

Jill Heeke, 55, of 6442 Cuzco Main St., was westbound on County Road 925E in a 2008 Ford Focus when the 5:50 p.m. accident occurred a mile south of State Road 56, according to the Dubois County Sheriff's Department.

Heeke told deputies she was trying to avoid a deer in the roadway when her vehcile spun off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. Deputies said the car then spun into a tree, hitting it with its driver’s side before turning over on its side.

Heeke was checked at the scene by emergency medical technicians but declined to be transported by ambulance. Believing her to be intoxicated, deputies took her into custody and transported her to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment and to receive medical clearance.

Police said Heeke was found to have a blood alcohol content of .14 percent. Medical personnel who determined she had a broken neck had her transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. There was no further information on her condition today.

The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

Contact Bill Powell at bpowell@dcherald.com.

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