New Albany man killed in collision on S.R. 135
A New Albany man was killed late last Wednesday afternoon after he drove into oncoming traffic in Corydon and crashed head-on with a SUV.
Mark A. Donahue, 29, was traveling north on S.R. 135 when the crash occurred just north of the intersection with S.R. 337 where he had hit a pickup truck, according to Officer Kevin Taylor of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
The crashed occurred just after 5 p.m.
A witness said Donahue had left the downtown Corydon area, traveling west on S.R. 62. When he got to S.R. 135, he turned north at a high rate of speed and was weaving in and out of traffic, Taylor said.
No one was hurt in the crash at the intersection of 135 and 337, Taylor said, and Donahue continued on in his 1985 Toyota without stopping.
From all indications, Taylor said, Donahue was driving in the wrong lane of traffic when he collided with Mary L. Smith, 39, Corydon, who was traveling south in her 1998 Ford SUV. Smith was wearing a seat belt. She was taken by ambulance to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, where she was treated and released.
Harrison County Coroner Steve Hamm said Donahue was not wearing a seat belt and died from head and internal injuries. He was extricated from the vehicle by Harrison Township firefighters.
Taylor said the incident is still under investigation.
Donahue was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Pat Mills and Robert Donahue.
Survivors include his parents, Ronald Donahue of Scottsburg and Ruth Donahue of New Albany; two daughters, Ashley Marie Donahue of Mitchell and Olivia Grace Donahue of New Albany; a brother, Steve Donahue of Taylorsville, Ky., and a sister, Patricia (Patti) Luecke of Palmyra.
The funeral was Monday at Kraft Funeral Chapel in New Albany with entombment of Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park.