Crash on 41 now a double fatality, victims identified


VANDERBURGH CO., Ind (WEHT) The Vanderburgh County Coroner has identified the two drivers involved in a wrong way crash on Hwy 41 near Baseline Road on Monday. Coroner Steve Lockyear also says the second driver has now passed away.

Karl Bechtel, 79, of Newburgh, died at the scene. An autopsy for Bechtel is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. Judy Pharris, 56, of Vincennes, died Tuesday at the hospital from her injuries.

Authorities were called to Hwy 41 near Baseline Road just before 6 p.m. Monday. Deputies believe Pharris was driving an SUV, heading going south when she crossed the grass median and hit Bechtel in a pickup truck.

Drugs or alcohol are not currently suspected of playing a part in this crash. The investigation is ongoing.

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(This story was originally published on Oct. 20, 2020)


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