(8-18-21) (Blackford County, IN)- Yesterday, August 17, 2021 at approximately 9:51 AM, officers from the Indiana State Police and Blackford County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of SR167 and CR300S, just north of Dunkirk in Blackford County. This crash claimed the life of a Pennville man and injured four others.
Senior Trooper AJ Coffee, a crash reconstructionist from the Peru Post, investigated this fatal crash incident. Senior Trooper Coffee’s preliminary investigation found that a black 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck, driven by Garry L. Horner, 41, of Redkey, had been traveling westbound on Jay County CR200S (Blackford County CR300S) approaching the intersection at SR167. Horner disregarded the stop sign at this intersection and drove into the path of a southbound white 2016 Ford Fusion passenger car driven by Ashley Baxte (37) of Celina, Ohio.
As a result of the collision, Horner’s pickup truck rolled over several times before coming to rest. Horner’s front seat passenger, Neil A. Kregerreis (67) of Pennville, IN, was ejected from the pickup truck and suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Horner was transported from the scene by Blackford County EMS to Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie with non-life threatening injuries.
Baxter’s passenger vehicle rolled over after collision and came to rest upside down in a farm field just south of the intersection. Baxter and her two children (14 and 15 year old) all sustained non-life threatening injuries. The three were transported from the scene by Montpelier EMS to the IU Health Jay Hospital in Portland.
The investigation found that, with the exception of Kregerreis, all others involved were properly restrained at the time of the crash.
Although the use of drugs and/or alcohol were not initially suspected, Horner cooperated with the investigation and submitted to a blood draw for chemical testing, which is required by Indiana law and standard practice when involving serious bodily injury/fatal vehicle crash incidents.
Notifications to the Kregerreis family was made by the Blackford County Coroner’s Office.
This crash remains an active and ongoing investigation by the Indiana State Police. There is no further information to release at this time. Once the investigation has been completed, the investigation will be turned over to the Blackford County Prosecutor’s Office for review and determination of any criminal charges that may be filed.
Senior Trooper Coffee was assisted at the scene by the Blackford County Sheriff’s Department, Hartford City Fire/Rescue personnel, Montpelier EMS, Blackford County EMS, Blackford County Coroner’s Office, Wyatt’s Wrecker Service, and Barnett’s Wrecker Service.