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Members of the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept. begin their investigation into a fatal crash Thursday on Corydon Ridge Road, east of the intersection with Capitol Boulevard. Photo by Alan Stewart

2 die in separate county crashes


July 02, 2014 | 10:08 AM

Two people were killed in separate crashes recently in Harrison County.

According to the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept., at almost 3:30 on Thursday afternoon, Steven L. Smith, 33, of Corydon was driving a 1987 Ford F-250 truck west on Corydon Ridge Road when he crested a hill and came upon Brian Blochowicz, 48, also of Corydon, who was riding a 2013 TaoTao scooter eastbound and in the wrong lane of travel.

Smith told police he applied his brakes and steered the vehicle left but could not avoid striking Blochowicz. Smith said Blochowicz was not looking at the roadway and didn't see the oncoming truck until the last second before he steered the scooter to the right. Blochowicz was flown to University Hospital in Louisville, where he later died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

On June 22, according to a crash report from the HCSD, Kim L. Peters, 62, of New Salisbury, was driving his 2006 Yamaha XVS1100 motorcycle with his passenger, Bethany K. Peters, 59, also of New Salisbury, west on Whiskey Run Road.

Doug Dodge, 58, of Georgetown, was driving east and, while he was coming around a curve, saw the motorcycle. He said the motorcycle was driving west in the eastbound lane close to the middle of the road and the motorcycle was leaning to the right to make the curve when it fell over.

Dodge told police he felt a "horrible bump" and that he knew he had run over a person with his vehicle and told his passenger to call 911.

Dodge said the crash, which occurred at about 6 p.m., happened so fast he was not able to react to miss Bethany Peters in the road.

The investigating officer said there was a skid mark that started on the westbound side of the road and crossed over into the eastbound lane, which led to the rear tire, which was bald and in bad condition, of the motorcycle.

"From the skid mark, it appears that the motorcycle was traveling too fast to negotiate the curve and crossed into the eastbound lane," the report says.

The report goes on to say that, after the motorcycle lost traction and fell over, the female passenger was thrown into the eastbound lane. Bethany Peters was pronounced dead at the scene, and Kim Peters was transported to the hospital with the most severe injury being to his shoulder/upper arm area. Neither Dodge nor his passenger was injured in the crash.

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