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Spencer County Accidents – November 23, 2020

Spencer County Sheriff’s Department

Injuries, citations after run-off

Nathan Hart, 36, of Rockport, was eastbound on Old State Road 45 when, he later told authorities, he crossed over the centerline and ran off the road, traveling down an embankment and through a field before his 2004 Jeep Liberty came to rest in a ditch. When a deputy with the Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene at 10:51 a.m. November 16, after being notified of the accident by Spencer County Dispatch, Hart alleged that the accident had actually occurred over 10 hours before, at midnight, and that he and his passenger had gone to sleep until approximately 10:45 a.m. An investigation uncovered Hart’s driver’s license was suspended with priors out of Indiana, and that the Jeep he was driving was uninsured. Hart and his passenger, 25-year-old Jessica Stevens of Rockport, were both transported to the hospital by EMS for treatment of injuries they sustained in the crash. Hart was cited for driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle without financial responsibility. Damage to his Jeep was estimated between $10,000-25,000.

Ran off road

Sal Blake, 29, of Chrisney, was eastbound on County Road 700 N near Chrisney when, he later told police, he became distracted by three deer in the field north of him and ran off the roadway. His 2017 Honda Accord then traveled down a steep embankment before coming to a rest. Blake was not injured in the November 14, 12:46 p.m. accident, but damage to his vehicle was estimated between $10,000-25,000.

Driver injured after running off road

Karen Strahl, 68, of Tell City, was westbound on SR 66 near Grandview when, she later told police, she dozed off at the wheel and ran off the roadway into a rocky ditch. Her 2015 Nissan Rogue then flipped before coming to a stop. Strahl sustained a possible head injury and lacerations to her face and was transported by EMS to Owensboro Regional Hospital for treatment. Total damages to her Nissan from the November 14, 3:36 p.m. accident were estimated between $25,000-50,000.

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