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Suspected Drunk Driving Accident Kills One, Injures Four

Jonathan Hernandez8 months ago

One person died and another four were injured in suspected drunk driving accident just north of Montgomery on Saturday morning.

Details about the Accident Involving Alcohol

WBIW News is reporting that alcohol is believed to be one of the causes in an accident that happened in the early morning hours on Saturday. One 19-year-old man from Montgomery was killed in the accident, according to a press release from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.

The accident happened just north of Montgomery and claimed the life of 19-year-old Madison Wagler. The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville where he late died from his injuries sustained in the accident. Four other people were injured in the accident, including 21-year-old Jerald Swartzentruber from Washington, who is in critical condition in an Evansville hospital.

Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit says that Swartzentruber was driving a 2008 Ford pickup truck along County Road 650 heading east and was approaching County Road 400 attempting to pass another vehicle, when the driver lost control, went over the west side of the road and continued on into a field. In the field, the vehicle overturned and ejected all five people from inside the pickup truck.

One of the passengers, 19-year-old Destiny Wagler suffered a severe leg injury in the accident. The others that were injured include 18-year-old Gage Miller and 20-year-old Austin Swartzentruber, both of whom are from Montgomery.

Results from a toxicology test are still pending, and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident in being conducted by the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.

Important Information about Drunk Driving

According to Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD):

  • Kentucky is one of the few states that does not have an ignition interlock law in place for repeat DUI offenders.
  • In 2013, there were a total of 167 drunk driving fatalities in the state, which makes up a total of 26.2 percent of all traffic deaths in the state.
  • Police made a total of 24,160 DUI arrests in Kentucky in 2013.


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