Man charged in death of passenger
A Laconia man was arrested and charged last week with Class B felony causing death when operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of .15 or more.
According to the Indiana State Police, on Dec. 7 of last year, Benjamin A. Schreck, 22, of Laconia was driving a 1997 Honda Civic south on S.R. 111 south of Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Preliminary investigation showed that Schreck lost control of the car as it went around a slight curve in the roadway about a mile south of Doolittle Hill Road.
The investigation into the crash indicates that speed was a factor, police said.
Schreck had a blood-alcohol level of .21 at the time of the crash, police said, and, during the investigation, he allegedly told police that he had left Horseshoe Southern Indiana and had too much to drink.
The vehicle traveled off the west side of the road, where Schreck over-corrected, causing the car to begin sliding sideways. The car then traveled off the east edge of the road and struck a tree in the passenger side of the vehicle.
Schreck was flown by air ambulance to University Hospital in Louisville, where he was treated for injuries sustained in the crash. The investigation revealed he was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision.
Schreck’s passenger, 23-year-old Miles E. Nachand of Elizabeth, who was wearing his seat belt, received fatal injuries as a result of the crash.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department and Harrison County Coroner’s Office.