Car hits semi
A Paoli, Ind. man suffered serious injury when his car crossed the centerline and struck a semi. The accident happened on June 18 at approximately 4:45 a.m. on U.S. 60, two miles east of Hawesville. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy BJ Burton filed the accident report.
According to Burton’s report, Rodney L. Ledgerwood crossed the centerline on the three lane section of U.S. 60 east of Hawesville in his 2014 Kia Forte and struck the rear wheels of an eastbound 2008 International semi driven by Donald L. Oldham of Rockport, Ind.
Oldham told Burton when he saw the Forte crossing the centerline he pulled to the shoulder to evade the accident, but could not avoid the car.
Ledgerwood sustained very serious injury in the accident, and Hancock County EMS stabilized him and then called for an air ambulance. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital for treatment.
Ledgerwood’s Forte sustained very severe damage. A wrecker from Bob’s Garage removed the vehicle. Oldham’s semi sustained minor to moderate damage. A wrecker from Bob’s Garage also removed the truck from the scene.
Worn tires, speed cause wreck
Worn tires and speed caused a car to slide off of the road and wreck. The accident happened on Franklin Gaynor Road six miles south of Hawesville. The accident happened on June 14 at approximately 7:15 p.m. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hendrick filed the accident report.
According to Hendrick’s report, Dakota Wheatley, of Hawesville, and Passenger Matthew Patterson, also of Hawesville, were going north on Franklin Gaynor Road in a 2009 Pontiac G5 and approached a sharp, 90-degree turn traveling between 55 and 65 MPH. Wheatley attempted to make the turn, but the worn tires caused the car to slide, and it went straight off the road instead of turning. The car went into a drive and hit a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup owned by Michael Pate.
The impact with the truck caused severe damage to Pate’s pickup. Wheatley’s G5 sustained very severe damage. Neither vehicle was towed from the scene.
Alcohol suspected in wreck
A suspected impaired driver caused a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Sand Hill Road in Lewisport on June 12 at approximately 5:45 p.m. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Howard filed the accident report.
According to Howard’s report, Marcus K. Hurst of Maceo, Ky told him the brakes failed on his 2017 Honda Odyssey as he traveled south on Sand Hill Road at the intersection with U.S. 60. His vehicle ran the stop sign and hit a 2017 Honda Odyssey driven by Rebecca L. Brandle of Lewisport traveling west on U.S. 60. Passengers in Brandle’s van were Jonathan Brandle, Brayden Morris, Evelynn Brandle and Turner Morris.
After being hit in the side, Brandle’s van traveled another 312-feet west on U.S. 60 before coming to rest facing east. No one in the van suffered serious injury.
Howard administered a field sobriety test on Hurst, and the report says he failed the test. Howard arrested Hurst on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, and possession of marijuana.
Hurst’s Odyssey sustained moderate to severe damage. Brandle’s Odyssey sustained severe damage. Wreckers from Bob’s Garage removed both vehicles.
Deer damages Kia
A Hawesville man escaped injury when his vehicle hit a deer on state Route 69, nine miles south of Hawesville. The accident happened on June 10 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hendrick filed the accident report.
Carol L. Estes told Hendrick that as he drove his 2020 Kia Sportage north on state Route 69, a deer darted out into his path and he was unable to avoid the animal and hit it. His vehicle sustained moderate to severe damage, but did not require a tow.
Motorcycle hits mailbox
A Lewisport man suffered serious injury when his motorcycle malfunctioned and caused him to wreck. The accident happened on state Route 657 in front of the house beside the former Estes Behavioral Health clinic. The accident happened on June 15 at approximately 7 a.m. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Butch Garst filed the accident report.
According to Garst’s report, the rear brake on Robert E. Gaines’ 2016 Harley-Davidson XG750 malfunctioned and locked up, which caused the motorcycle to overturn and eject Gaines. The cycle slid 240 feet and hit a mailbox on the right side of the road, directly in front of the house, and then slid an additional 270 feet after hitting the mailbox.
Hancock County EMS arrived on scene and provided first aid to Garst. A private ambulance transported him to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital for additional treatment.
Gaines’ motorcycle sustained very severe damage. A wrecker from Bob’s Garage removed the vehicle from the scene.