Alcohol involved in fatal accident

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

A one-vehicle accident that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 20, claimed the life of a Madison woman and injured two more occupants in the vehicle.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found June Voegele, 48, of Madison, had been ejected from the car and suffered fatal injuries. Also injured were Warren Voegele, 41, who suffered serious injuries and was flown to University Hospital in Cincinnati via PHI. Marie Clark, 18, Madison, was a passenger who sustained a broken arm and minor injuries in the crash.

The driver of the 2002 Hyundai was traveling southbound on Michigan Road when he lost control. Officers say the vehicle exited the roadway and struck an embankment causing the vehicle to roll over. Police have not released the name of the driver who they say has been identified. He fled the scene and had not been located at press time. Criminal charges on the driver are pending and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

According to information from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred about 4:24 a.m. when Ripley County Communications received a call from a residence on Old Michigan Road near US 421.

Sgt. Marvin Smith of the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department is the investigating officer and was assisted at the scene by Sheriff Tom Grills, Lt. Lee Mathews, Dan Goris, ISP, New Marion and Versailles fire departments, Rescue 69, Rescue 30, PHI Dove Flight and Ripley County Paramedics.




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