Spencer County Accidents – November 9, 2020

Spencer County Sheriff’s Department

Right angle collision

Andrew Miller, 36, of Velpen, was southbound on Washington Street in Dale when a 2012 Dodge Caliber pulled into his path from the Holiday Foods parking lot. Miller swerved to the left to avoid a collision but his 2018 Chevrolet Express was struck by the Caliber near the rear door and wheel area. The driver of the Caliber, 75-year-old John Rudy of Dale, told authorities he had stopped and looked but did not see Miller’s vehicle before pulling out of the parking lot. Neither driver was injured in the October 28, 10 a.m. collision, but total damages were estimated between $2,500-5,000.

Ran off road

Donald Feistel, 79, of Rockport, was southbound on CR 700 W when, he later told police, he lost consciousness due to a medical issue and ran off the roadway. His 2016 GMC then struck a utility pole before continuing south and stopping in his front yard. Feistel was not injured in the October 27, 9 a.m. accident, but damages were estimated between $2,500-5,000.

Hit-and-run

Keaton Wheatley, 20, of Tell City, was northbound on SR 545 when, he later told police, a white four-door car passed his 2020 Nissan, then re-entered the traffic lane and struck his car. The other driver continued northbound without stopping. Wheatley was not injured in the November 4, 6:20 p.m. collision. Damage to his Nissan was estimated between $5,000-10,000.

Driver leaves scene

Sharon Schroeder, 57, of Tell City, was northbound on Fulda Shortcut when, she later told police, as she rounded a curve an unknown service truck traveling southbound struck the driver’s side rear-view mirror of her 2016 Jeep Cherokee. The impact knocked the mirror off Schroeder’s Jeep and caused damage to the window. The driver of the service truck did not stop after the collision, Schroeder reporter. Though she was not injured in the October 29, 4:55 a.m. collision, damage to her Jeep was estimated to be between $1,000-2,500.

Rear-end collision

Stephanie Clark, 31, of Rockport, was stopped at a construction zone traffic light on SR 66 when her 2003 Ford F150 was rear-ended by a 2010 Ford Fusion driven by 21-year-old Haley Flamion of Evansville. Flamion advised she had attempted to stop, but her vehicle continued to slide, causing her to collide with Clark’s truck. Both drivers and the occupant in Flamion’s car declined to be checked out by EMS. Total damage in the October 29, 2:56 p.m. collision was estimated between $5,000-10,000.

OWI arrest after crash

Brandon Gengelbach, 32, of Evanston, was southbound on SR 545 near Santa Claus when, he later told police, the vehicle in front of him braked suddenly, causing him to run off the roadway. He then over-corrected and hydroplaned due to water on the roadway, at which point his truck flipped. Gengelbach, who refused to be checked out by EMS, was determined to be intoxicated; a preliminary breath test showed his BAC to be 0.15, while a later test determined it to be 0.19. Gengelbach was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated; operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person; and operating a vehicle with an ACE of 0.15 or more. His passenger, 25-year-old Alexa Sigler of Santa Claus, suffered an abrasion on her arm but refused EMS treatment. 

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