PRINCETON — Gibson County Prosecutor Michael Cochren filed felony charges Friday against the driver of a semi involved in a fatal crash on Ind. 64 near Sand Hill west of Princeton Sept. 30.
The level 4 felony charge of operating while intoxicated resulting in death, and level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury were filed in Gibson Superior Court against Darvin W. McCallister, 54, who was the driver of 2001 International semi tractor/trailer that hit a Dodge pickup waiting to make a left turn. Dawn Jorgenson, 40, Owensville, was a passenger in the pickup operated by Chuck Montz. She was killed in the collision, and Montz was severely injured.
Gibson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Tim Coomer's affidavit for probable cause seeking the charges against McCallister notes that McCallister didn't stop for the pickup, which had a left turn signal on. The impact of the crash pushed the pickup into the westbound lane of the highway, where it was hit by a westbound 2008 Kenworth semi tractor/trailer.
Coomer's affidavit says that the Indiana Department of Toxicology test results from blood samples taken from McCallister at the crash site show that he tested positive for methamphetamine at the time of the crash.
Police spent nearly six hours investigating and cleaning up the scene of the 7:15 a.m. crash.
Gibson County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Princeton Fire Territory, Gibson County Emergency Medical Service responded. One truck was removed from the scene by a crane lift. Vanderburgh County Emergency Management deployed a drone camera to assist with the aerial accident reconstruction investigation.