Accident Claims Life of Washington Man

(KNOX CO.) – Last night at approximately 9:46 p.m. Indiana State Police responded to a crash on US 41 north of Willow Street that claimed the life of a Washington man and seriously injured a Huntingburg man.

According to Indiana State Police, 26-year-old Kayla Jones, of Bicknell was traveling north on US 41 in her 2015 Jeep Cherokee and had just entered US 41 northbound from Willow Street.

She traveled approximately 1,700 feet in the driving lane before colliding into the rear of a 2019 Kymco Agility moped.

The passenger on the moped, Skylar Newton, of Washington, died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet during the incident.

The operator of the moped, 22-year-old Robert Vaquero, of Huntingburg, was initially taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, then flown airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville where he is currently being treated for serious injuries. Vaquero was not wearing a helmet during the incident.

Jones was not injured during the incident.

According to investigating troopers, Jones did not see the moped until just prior to the collision. Troopers inspected the moped and determined that the rear taillight was not illuminated at the time of the crash.

The investigating officer was ISP Trooper Brock Buchanan. He was by ISP Sergeant Bill Gadberry, Trooper Nick Hatfield and Master Trooper Randy Huddleston

Assisting Agencies was the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Vincennes Township Fire Department, and Knox County Coroner’s Office.