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Man Arrested For Causing Fatal Accident
Updated October 14, 2014 11:58 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(DUBOIS CO.) - A Huntingburg man was arrested Tuesday morning after his actions killed a Tell City woman and seriously injured a Ferdinand woman.

According to an Indiana State Police report, on Sept. 24, 24-year-old Brandon Chamberlain was traveling north on State Road 162, just north of Ferdinand win a 2012 Ford F-350 Super Crew pickup truck when he traveled left of center, striking a southbound 2001 Buick Century driven by 60-year-old Donna Evans, of Cannelton. The impact pushed Evans's vehicle backwards and off of the east side of the roadway. Evans died as a result of her injuries.

As Chamberlain's Ford continued north, Chamberlain could not maintain control of the vehicle. Due to the violent dynamics of the crash, an ATV in the bed of Chamberlain's truck became airborne and bounced through the windshield and roofline of a red 2013 Mazda CX-5 SUV, driven by 58-year-old Donna Trafton, of Ferdinand.

Impact by the ATV shattered the windshield and peeled the roof back off of the vehicle before coming dislodged and landing in a driveway on the west side of the roadway. Trafton's SUV came to rest on a hillside, also on the west side of the roadway. Trafton suffered two broken vertebrae in her neck.

Through an investigation and crash reconstruction by ISP Sgt. Philip Hensley, it was determined that Chamberlain was not only traveling northbound in the southbound lane, but was traveling 74 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone at the moment of the collision.

Police also determined that Chamberlain was operating under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

Chamberlain was charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated causing death - one count for the OWI with a prior conviction and one count for OWI with a blood alcohol content higher than 0.15, and OWI causing serious bodily injury. Chamberlain was booked into the Dubois County Security Center Tuesday morning.

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