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Man Killed In Head-On Collision With Possible Drunk Driver

Last updated on Tuesday, April 9, 2013

(PEKIN) - A crash Monday afternoon left one man dead and another seriously injured.

67-year-old Johnny Ferrill, of Sellersburg, the driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash was on State Road 60, just east of Motsinger Road in Washington. Sheriff Claude Combs says the department received numerous 911 calls reporting a possible drunk driver driving erratically on State Road 60.

Combs says the driver, 31-year-old Brooke Bunch, of Pekin was traveling eastbound in a 2004 Jeep Cherokee had ran off the right side of the roadway, then came back onto the highway. She then crossed into the left bound lane colliding with the motorcycle.
Bunch was transported by helicopter ambulance from the scene to University of Louisville Hospital.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the accident and awaiting the results of a toxicology report.

Witnesses who saw Bunch's erratic driving started calling the department seven minutes before the fatal crash when Brook was on Jackson Street in Salem.

They told police Bunch was swerving constantly and had crossed a double yellow line.

Then in front of O'Sully's liquor Store Bunch crossed the yellow line and almost caused a head-on collision with a red Grand Am.

The driver of the Grand Am laid on the horn and was able to avoid the crash by swerving into the other lane.

One witness told WSLM radio they followed Bunch so they could report the Jeep's location to police. When they reached the bypass Bunch was all over the road.

They then passed Motsinger Road and that is when Bunch, according to witnesses, topped the hill and went completely over into the other lane.

According to dispatchers, an oncoming vehicle had to leave the roadway to avoid the collision.

At that point, a witness says, Bunch left the roadway, went down an embankment, made a u-turn and then went back onto the highway.

A short distance later, Bunch collided with the motorcycle, causing the cycle and its rider to fly into the field.

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