Palmyra man killed in U.S. 150 crash
A Palmyra man was killed Sunday afternoon when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle.
Joseph Asa Wingler, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Floyd County Coroner’s office personnel. The crash occurred on U.S. 150 at the intersection with S.R. 335.
‘He was a good friend of mine,’ said Harrison County Councilman Alvin Brown, who first met Wingler in the 1960s but came to know him better in 1972 when he got involved in politics.
‘He loved calling the truck pulls,’ Brown said of Wingler. ‘Everybody knew him.’
Wingler was an announcer for tractor pulls, truck pulls and demolition derbies in several Southern Indiana and northern Kentucky towns. He was a regular announcer at the Harrison County Fair.
Police said Wingler was traveling west on U.S. 150 in a Ford Taurus when he crossed the center line and struck an eastbound Jeep Cherokee driven by Lois Ball, 44, of Pekin. Ball was stopped in the road, waiting to turn left onto S.R. 335, which is located west of Greenville.
Ball was taken by STATCARE air ambulance to University Hospital in Louisville with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
It is unknown why Wingler crossed the center line; the crash is still under investigation.
Wingler was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Bradford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Asa Carl and Loretta Uhl Wingler.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Wingler; two sons, Asa Wingler of Palmyra and Tony Cardwell Jr. of Hardinsburg; five daughters, Debbie Parsons of Lanesville, Teresa Wingler of Mesa, Ariz., Ellen Augustine of Louisville, Jennifer White of Campbellsburg and Jessica Radcliff of Hardinsburg; three sisters, Martha Jane Wingler and Linda Smith, both of Palmyra, and Mary Ann O’Brien of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and 14 grandchildren.
Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 2 to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Love Funeral Home in Palmyra.
The funeral will be Friday, July 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.