Police blotter for week of May 11

Crash on Gatesville Road leaves multiple injured

HAMBLEN TWP. — Last week, multiple injuries were reported after a vehicle crashed into a wrecker while driving on Gatesville Road.

First responders were dispatched to the scene of the two-vehicle crash involving a wrecker in the 1200 block of Gatesville Road on May 5.

Sgt. Colton Magner with the Brown County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene and made contact with Indiana Conservation Officer Brent Bohbrink who was checking on the occupants of the vehicles.

Jessica Davis, 40, of Columbus, told police she thought she hit sand or water at the top of a hill, which caused her to lose control and over correct before colliding with a wrecker driven by 74-year-old Ray Guffey, of Nashville.

Two children in the vehicle with Davis received minor injuries following the crash, according to the accident report.

Guffey told police he was driving the wrecker westbound when he reported seeing the other vehicle driven by Davis start to lose control coming down the hill. He said he pulled to his side of the bridge and made “every attempt” to avoid a collision.

Davis’ vehicle then collided head-on with the wrecker.

Guffey said he was wearing a seat belt, but the impact still threw him toward the passenger side of the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital due to pain from the collision.

Davis said she believed she was traveling 30 to 40 miles per hour, but still hydroplaned.

She was transported to the hospital for immediate treatment of several injuries, including possible fractures, abrasions, chest pain and difficulty breathing, according to the report.

Davis’ vehicle was towed and the juveniles were transported to the hospital by family for checkout of minor injuries.

Magner said in his report that his observations at the scene led him to believe Davis was traveling too fast for the wet road conditions.

Davis was issued a citation for a child restraint violation and for operating a vehicle without financial responsibility.