Gibson County, Owensville: Early this morning (Saturday, June 16th) the Indiana State Police investigated a three vehicle crash on SR 168 East of Owensville that claimed the life of a Princeton woman.
Preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 1:00 a.m. Anthony J. Yokel, 25, Port St. Luce, Florida was driving a Gold, 2002, Daewoo eastbound on SR 168 just east Owensville. At the same location was a silver 1998 Chevy Blazer and a green 1999 Pontiac Grand Am traveling west on SR 168. Yokel’s vehicle went left of center into the path of the two westbound vehicles. The driver of the silver Blazer, Marvin Christian, 49, Owensville noticed the Gold Daewoo in his lane of travel and steered to avoid a head-on collision. Yokel’s Daewoo sideswiped Christian’s Blazer and then hit the green 1999 Pontiac Grand Am head-on.
The driver of the Grand Am, Lauren R. Hale, 20, Princeton was not wearing her seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Gibson County Coroner’s Office. Yokel was wearing his seatbelt and had serious injuries. After being extricated from the vehicle he was flown to Deaconnes Hospital in Evansville. Marvin Christian was not injured.
SR 168 was closed for approximately three and half hours while emergency crew worked and cleared the scene.
The crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed but alcohol and or drugs do appear to be a factor in the crash.
Deceased: (Family Notified)
Lauren R. Hale, 20
478 W 350 S
Assisting Agencies: Gibson County Sheriff’s Office, Owensville and Ft. Branch Police Departments
Source: Indiana State Police