Charges filed against driver involved in fatal accident

DUBOIS CO. – On Monday, April 19, the Dubois County Prosecutor filed charges on Joann T. Voelkel after a month-long investigation by the Indiana State Police in reference to a fatal accident that occurred on October 16, 2020, and claimed the life of Ruth A. Meyer.

Voelkel has been charged with one count of reckless driving a Class A misdemeanor and issued a summons to appear in Dubois County Court.

On Friday, October 16, 2020, at approximately 6:35 p.m., the Indiana State Police and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle vs. utility tractor crash in northern Dubois County.

The crash occurred on County Road 675 North, west of Portersville Road near 4288 West 675 North.

Preliminary investigation shows that at the time of the crash, 60-year-old Ruth A. Meyer, of Jasper, was operating her lawnmower when she entered the roadway from the south into the path of a black 1996 Chrysler LHS driven by 62-year-old Joann T. Voelkel, who was traveling west on County Road 675 North.

Voelkel was unable to avoid collision and struck the utility tractor.

Meyer was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the crash.