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Alcohol Believed To Be Factor In Fatal Crash

Last updated on Thursday, April 25, 2013

(LINTON) - Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a fatal car accident that took place on State Road 59 Saturday night.

According to a press release issued by the Greene County Sheriff's Department, the two-car accident happened on State Road 59 near County Road 400N in rural Linton at approximately 11:56 p.m.

Sabrina Westfall, of the Greene County Daily World reports, 55-year-old Julie A. Morris, of Midland, was traveling north on State Road 59, near County Road 400North in rural Linton, when she crossed the center line and struck a southbound vehicle head on.

The driver of the second vehicle, 22-year-old Joseph Geatches, of Jasonville, was life-lined by medical helicopter after the accident.

Greene County Coroner Sherry Wilson says the head-on collision resulted in the death of Morris. She was pronounced dead at the scene from neck and chest injuries.
Wilson says There was alcohol in Morris' system, but her blood alcohol content is not yet known.

Wilson added Dr. Roland Kohr at Terre Haute Regional Hospital conducted the autopsy.
Investigating officers are GCSD Deputy Jordan Gooding, GCSD Deputy Jim O'Malley and Indiana State Police Trooper Eric Russell.

Other departments assisting include Wright Township Fire Department and Linton Police Department.

Morris was a graduate of Mooresville High School. She worked as a bartender at Jasonville American Legion Post No. 172 and Linton Moose Lodge.

There will be visitation at Cox Funeral Home in Jasonville from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday with Catholic Vigil Services at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Church funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 327 W McKinley in Jasonville with Father Frank Renner officiating.

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