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Juvenile involved in Friday's multiple-vehicle accident

Monday, November 12, 2007

Officials released names of the individuals involved in a multiple vehicle accident Friday evening.

Around 6:20 p.m., 911 dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center dispatched emergency response personnel to a three-vehicle accident near the intersection of Tower Road and east United States 40.

At the scene Sgt. Dan Best told The Brazil Times that a 15-year-old juvenile driver with a learner's permit was attempting to turn west onto U.S. 40 as a another vehicle was turning south on Tower Road and struck an SUV in the eastbound passing lane, pushing it into a third vehicle in the westbound lane of traffic.

Best estimated the total of damages done to the three vehicles at approximately $10,000-$25,000.

Apparently uninjured, the juvenile was cited for a learner's permit violation and failure to yield while entering a highway.

Jennifer J. Ross, 34, Brazil, the driver of the SUV, was not using a restraint system at the time of the accident. Ross was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by TransCare ambulance for knee and lower leg injuries.

Vicki Atkinson, 59, Knightsville, refused medical treatment at the scene, but was later taken to the hospital by family members for treatment of unknown injuries.

Officials also released information about a rear-end collision that led to a vehicle striking a tree in an area near the intersection of County Road 750 North and State Road 59 shortly after 11 a.m., Friday.

While traveling south on SR 59, Connie L. Radar, 50, Brazil, was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Bernice Likens, 82, Harmony, while attempting to turn into a driveway.

The collision caused Radar's vehicle to spin out of control off the road, while Likens also lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree head-on.

Both drivers and a passenger in Likens' vehicle, Ellen C. Smith, 61, Harmony, were taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen later advised the sheriff's department that Likens died to injuries sustained in the accident.

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