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April 16, 2013

Toxicology results from fatal crash still unknown

Sellersburg motorcyclist was killed in Washington County collision


Toxicology test results on the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash that killed a Sellersburg man last week have not yet been returned to law enforcement officials, Washington County Sheriff Claude Combs said on Tuesday.

Johnny E. Ferrill, 67, of Sellersburg, was killed in the collision along Ind. 60 in Washington County on Monday, April 8, after his Harley Davidson motorcycle was struck by a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Brook Bunch, 31, of Pekin. 

“[Ferrill] was thrown from the bike and was found lying 66 feet from point of impact,” Combs said, adding that Bunch was airlifted from the crash scene to University of Louisville Hospital and released about seven hours later. 

Combs said Bunch’s vehicle crossed the center line about 1:19 p.m. after she drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected and skidded into the path of Ferrill’s oncoming motorcycle.

The accident occurred about one half mile west of Sullivan Lane, between Salem and New Pekin. 

Combs said neither of the motorists are believed to have been traveling at excessive speeds, which was determined from witnesses’ statements. Although, Combs said authorities received a phone call from a motorist about 5 minutes before the collision that Bunch’s vehicle was driving erratically.

“Officers were dispatched to look for the [Bunch’s] vehicle, but the crash took place before anyone could get to it,” Combs said.

The witness who had contacted authorities continued to follow Bunch’s SUV until the crash occurred and stopped at the scene until officials arrived, Combs said.

“We don’t know for sure what caused her to leave the roadway,” Combs said, adding the investigation will remain open until the toxicology report is released and Washington County deputies meet with prosecutors to determine if charges are appropriate.

As of now, Combs said Bunch has not been arrested or charged in the incident. He expects to receive results from the toxicology test in the next month. 

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