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[ISP] One-Vehicle Crash Injures 5 People; Driver Arrested
Start Date: 4/14/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/14/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Dubois County: At approximately 7:42 p.m. Saturday the Indiana State Police responded to a one vehicle crash on Meridian Road just South of County Road 100S where five people were injured, one seriously, and the driver was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.

The investigation reveals that Hector Vazquez Jr, 18, Huntingburg was driving a red 1996 Honda Civic southbound on Meridian Road at a high rate of speed. As he attempted to negotiate a curve he lost control and left the roadway striking a tree. Due to the high rate of speed the vehicle continued and hit another tree and then traveled back onto the roadway.

All five occupants were injured however the passenger in the middle of the back seat, Myra Arellano, 13, Huntingburg was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. All others were taken to Jasper Memorial by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

A preliminary test revealed Vazquez was under the influence of THC the active ingredient in marijuana and was placed under arrest and transported to the Dubois County Security Center.

The 1996 Honda was a total loss.

Injured (Families Notified):
1. Trenton Torres, 23, Huntingburg, front seat passenger, wearing seatbelt
2. Karolina Lopez, 12, Huntingburg, right rear passenger, not wearing seatbelt
3. Myra Arellano, 13, Huntingburg, middle rear passenger, not wearing seatbelt
4. Ernesto Chavez, 22, Huntingburg, left rear passenger, not wearing seatbelt

Arrested and Charges:
Hector Vazquez Jr, 18, driver, wearing seatbelt
107 South Main Street, Huntingburg, IN
1. Operating While Intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor
2. Speed Too Fast to Avoid Collision, C-Infraction
3. Left of Center, C-Infraction

Investigating Officers: Trooper Brock Werne and Trooper Robbie Lambert

Assisting Agencies: Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper Police Department, Memorial EMS, Jasper Fire Department

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Chad Dick
Phone: 812-634-5520
Email: cdick@isp.in.gov
Hector Vazquez, Jr.
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