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Two die in separate weekend crashes

Two Harrison County residents were killed in separate crashes during the weekend.
On Friday night, Nov. 9, just before 10, Angela J. Reed Lowe was killed when the motorcycle she was riding on hit a car on S.R. 135 near Central.
Officer Eric Fischer of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. said Lowe was riding on the back of a Honda Custom 900 motorcycle driven by Myron L. Hottell, 32, of Corydon. They were traveling south on S.R. 135 when they hit the rear bumper of a southbound car driven by Timothy W. Alcorn, 42, of Corydon.
Alcorn, who was preparing to turn left onto Heth-Washington Road, was moving over into the northbound lane “due to vehicles behind him, and there was no oncoming traffic,” Fischer said.
A friend of Hottell’s and Lowe’s who was traveling with them on another motorcycle said Hottell was in a passing zone when he passed a southbound car. He was in the process of passing a second vehicle, the friend said, when Alcorn also moved into the left lane.
Both Lowe and Hottell were ejected from the motorcycle, police said. Lowe died at the scene. Neither was wearing a helmet, but the friend said a helmet would not have saved Lowe. A physician said Hottell would have been killed if he had been wearing a helmet, the friend said.
Hottell was taken by STATCARE air ambulance to University of Louisville, where he remained yesterday. Hottell’s friend said Hottell had a fractured hip, fractures to his arms. Doctors planned to take him off a respiratory yesterday, the friend said.
Lowe was a native of Harrison County, born April 15, 1968, the daughter of Dave and Diane J. Wieczorek Reed of Corydon.
She was a phlebotomist at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon and a PRN at Norton Hospital in Louisville. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors besides her parents include a son, Russell D. Smith of Depauw; two daughters, Michelle J. Lowe of Corydon and Angel D. Smith of Depauw; a sister, Theresa M. Wise of Corydon, and her grandmother, Roberta Reed of Corydon.
The funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Corydon with burial in the Central Cemetery. Father Louis Manna officiated, and the Resurrection Choir provided the music.
Pallbearers were Richard A. Smith, Mitch and James L. Wise, and Jerry, Tony and Reed Kemp.
Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon handled the arrangements.

Early Saturday morning, Nov. 10, Jesus G. Jiminez, 25, of New Salisbury was killed after he was thrown from the pickup he was driving.
Officer Bryan Byrne said Jiminez was traveling west on S.R. 64 when he drove left of center near Wetzel Road about 3:50 a.m.
Jiminez “locked” the brakes of his Chevy S-10 and skid about 100 feet, spun around, skid another 119 feet, then went off the road and struck a rock wall, police said. The truck spun around and hit the rock wall again.
Jiminez was thrown out the driver’s door window and a passenger, listed as C.J. Melendez-Machavelo, 23, Corydon, was partially ejected out the same window, Bryne said.
Police said Jiminez’s was found almost 21 feet from the rear of the pickup, while Melendez-Machavelo was on the ground next to the driver’s side door. Jiminez was taken by STATCARE to U of L Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of massive head injuries.
Melendez-Machavelo, who had head and shoulder injuries, was taken by ambulance to Harrison County Hospital and was later transferred to U of L.
Police said Melendez-Machavelo had a blood-alcohol content of .17 percent. Blood-alcohol test results on Jiminez are pending.
Byrne said there was a report of a second passenger in the vehicle who jumped from the vehicle prior to the crash, but that has not been confirmed.
The crash is still under investigation, police said.
No funeral arrangements were available at press time.