Charges were filed Monday in Superior Court against a Terre Haute man for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 resulting in serious bodily injury.
Rodd W. Coons of Terre Haute, was involved in an accident about 8:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at Main and Seventh St. in Clay City. According to police reports, Joy Chaney of Clay City was critically injured when the car she was driving was broadsided in the passenger door by a pick-up truck driven by Coons. The impact pushed Chaney's vehicle into an electric pole breaking it and moving the pole several inches.
Chaney was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital then transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Air Evac was unable to transport due to weather conditions.
Chaney's husband, Jack, said by phone Monday that his wife's injuries included numerous broken ribs which punctured and collapsed both lungs and lacerated her liver, a fractured skull including the orbital bones of the eye socket and bruising of the brain. She was initially listed as critical.
"She's improving," Jack said. "She can't talk because of the ventilator but she's alert and can nod. She still has to have surgery to replace the bone around her eye socket with metal plates.
"They're taking good care of her," he continued. "Methodist is one of the best hospitals I've ever seen."
Coons was charged with a Class D Felony OVWI and a Class A Misdemeanor BAC. The felony is punishable by 180 days to three years imprisonment with up to a $10,000 fine. For the A Misdemeanor Coons could receive up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. His initial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.