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HCH physical therapist killed in S.R. 64 crash

A physical therapist employed by Harrison County Hospital in Corydon was killed in a vehicle crash Thursday morning in the 7000 block of S.R. 64 in Georgetown.
Steve Taylor, CEO at HCH, called Jerome Johannes ‘an excellent therapist’ who will be greatly missed.
According to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Dept., Johannes, 53, of New Salisbury was driving west when he swerved to avoid vehicles in front of him that had slowed to allow another vehicle to turn into a driveway. When Johannes swerved, he crossed the center line and hit, head-on, an eastbound car driven by Debra Carney, 59, police said.
The crash occurred just before 10 a.m.
Air Methods air ambulance was initially called to the scene but was later canceled as Johannes was transported by Yellow Ambulance to Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany, where he was pronounced dead.
Carney, who suffered minor injuries, also was taken to Floyd Memorial Hospital.
Johannes had been associated with the physical therapy department at HCH for about 15 years, Taylor said, and became a full-time employee in 2007.
‘Jerome was a joy to many, a quiet person and an excellent member of our staff,’ he said. ‘This is quite a setback for us.
‘We extend our sympathy to Jerome’s wife and family,’ Taylor added.