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Depauw man killed in crash


July 10, 2013 | 09:03 AM

A Depauw man died Friday as a result of injuries sustained in a three-vehicle crash on S.R. 64 near the intersection of S.R. 335.

According to a crash report from the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept. and witnesses who saw the collision, Cornelius Richard, 77, was driving his 2003 Ford Explorer west on S.R. 64. Witnesses who had been following Richard since leaving Georgetown say he'd been driving fine.

For an unknown reason, Richard's SUV swerved into oncoming traffic and struck head-on a 2004 Ford F-150 driven by Robert Bowman, 43, of Georgetown. Paul Bowman, 45, of Indianapolis was a passenger in the truck.

The witnesses said they didn't see any brake lights from the Explorer prior to the collision.

A third vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Samuel Miller, 30, of Sellersburg was following Bowman after a fishing trip on Blue River. Miller's truck swerved to avoid the collision and drove across the westbound lane and into a yard.

The Bowmans had to be extricated from their vehicle. Richard was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crash reconstruction completed by Harrison County Deputy Nathan Ranke, assisted by Indiana State Police Trooper Chris Tucker, showed there were no tire marks that indicate the SUV left the roadway prior to crossing the center line and showed that Robert Bowman was unsuccessful in his attempt to avoid a collision.

Richard, whose airbag deployed, was not wearing a seat belt; however, both Bowmans and Miller were wearing their seat belts. Both Bowmans were transported to University Hospital in Louisville.

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