Impaired driver arrested after fatal crash on US 27 near Liberty

LIBERTY – On Saturday, April 23, 2022 at approximately 10:16 p.m. troopers with the Indiana State Police were dispatched to a serious crash on US 27 just north of Liberty, Indiana. When first responders arrived at the scene, they located a gray 2013 Subaru BRZ with heavy front-end damage and an inverted gray Lexus RX350 off the roadway, down a wooded embankment.  

When medical personnel made their way down to the Lexus, they located the operator, Anthony J. Talbert, 61, and his wife, Donna M. Talbert, 66, both of Richmond, Indiana.  Anthony J. Talbert was transported to Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana by ambulance.  Donna M. Talbert was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio by Care Flight for medical treatment.  It was determined that the couple were wearing their seatbelts before the crash.  A backseat passenger identified as, David A. Marshall Jr., 37, of Liberty, Indiana was pronounced dead at the scene by Union County Coroner Rob Leavitt.  It was determined that Mr. Marshall was not wearing a seatbelt.  The family has been notified of his death.

The operator of the Subaru was located near the crash scene, uninjured, and identified as Brock A. Robinson, 22, of Richmond, Indiana. When Trooper Jacob Ridgeway questioned Robinson about the crash, he recognized Robinson displayed signs of impairment and an odor of alcohol. Trooper Ridgeway transported Robinson to Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana to submit to a chemical test per the Indiana Implied Consent Law.  

The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Team determined the Subaru was traveling at a high rate of speed before colliding with the rear of the Lexus.  After the collision, the Lexus traveled off the roadway and struck a guardrail before going airborne into a wooded area, colliding head-on with a tree, and coming to rest on its roof.   

US 27 was closed for approximately 6 hours while the crash was being investigated.

Assisting Trooper Ridgeway with the investigation are Sergeants Coley McCutcheon and Scott Keegan of the Indiana State Police.

Assisting with the crash were the Union County Sheriffs Department, Liberty Fire Department, Richmond EMS, Reid Health, Care Flight, Union County Coroner Rob Leavitt, Pardo’s Towing, and Pollitt’s Towing.

Brock A . Robinson, 22, was arrested and held in the Union County Jail.

He is preliminarily charged with felony counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, leaving the scene of a fatality crash, recklss driving causing death