A Pike County accident claims the life of a Knox County woman. It happened Tuesday afternoon on S.R. 57 near C.R. 125 South, a few miles south of Petersburg. Nancy Jones, 53, of Monroe City was killed in the accident.
Indiana State Police say Aaron Craig, 28, of Huntingburg, was driving northbound on S.R. 57, when he tried to turn into a business. Craig turned into the path of Kathleen Blagrave, 57, of Monroe City, who was traveling southbound.
Craig and his passenger, Tommy Saileau, 60, of Petersburg were taken to Deaconess Hospital where they are being treated for injuries. Family members tell Eyewitness News Craig and Saileau are expected to have a full recovery. Officials say the two men were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
Blagrave, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville where she was treated and later released. Blagrave’s passenger, Nancy Jones, 53, of Monroe City, was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. Jones was taken by medical helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
It’s the second fatal accident on S.R. 57 this week. Over the weekend another crash on S.R. 57, just south of C.R. 50 South, claimed the life of Thomas Sobotka, 21.
“People just don’t have any respect for their speed or anybody else. You know, they get on that highway and it’s like a raceway for them,” says resident Judy Schell, whose son owns Schell Auto and Salvage. She says her son responds to more wrecks on S.R. 57 than any other road.
With the opening of I-69 just several days away, residents and law enforcement hope the intersection will alleviate some of the traffic on S.R. 57., and in turn, help cut back the number of accidents on the notoriously dangerous roadway.
“We have accidents on S.R. 57 everyday. Fatalities are more rare but they still occur regularly,” says ISP Master Trooper Robert Helfrich. “The likelihood of the crashes are way reduced once you move to an interstate type highway.”
The new stretch of I-69 is scheduled to open Monday, November 19. It will connect Evansville to Crane, Indiana.