Woman charged in fatal lawnmower crash

By Herald Staff

Joann T. Voelkel faces charges in Dubois County after a months-long investigation by the Indiana State Police in reference to a fatal accident that occurred on Oct. 16, 2020, and claimed the life of Ruth A. Meyer.

Voelkel has been charged with one count of Reckless Driving Class A Misdemeanor, and summons to the Dubois County Court.

Around 6:35 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2020, the Indiana State Police and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle-versus-utility tractor crash in northern Dubois County.

The crash occurred on County Road 675 North, west of Portersville Road near the address of 4288 West 675 North. Preliminary investigation shows that at the time of the crash, Meyer, 60, of Jasper, was operating her lawnmower when she entered the roadway from the south into the path of a black 1996 Chrysler LHS driven by Voelkel, 62, who was traveling west on County Road 675 North. Voelkel was unable to avoid collision and struck the utility tractor.

Meyer was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the crash.

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