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Robert K. Akin, 64, of Evansville, Dies after Striking Building

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, at approximately 6:28 AM the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4417 North St. Joseph Avenue upon the report of a vehicle having crashed into the Safety-Kleen building.

The first responding deputy removed the driver from the vehicle and began CPR until responding volunteer fire units could take over. Volunteer firefighters performed CPR on the driver until he was transported by ambulance to Deaconess Hospital. Both German Township and McCutchanville Fire Departments responded to the scene.

On-scene investigation and witness statements revealed that prior to the crash a blue 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck had stopped in the right lane of travel on North St. Joseph Avenue. A witness observed the driver let go of the steering wheel and clutch his chest with both hands. The driver, Robert K. Akin, 64, of Evansville, reportedly leaned back into the seat and the vehicle then accelerated and struck the curbing. The truck reportedly ran off the right side of the road and traveled through the grass until it collided with the Safety-Kleen building.

The driver later died at the hospital. The primary cause of the crash was listed as driver illness.

SOURCE: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office

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Driver with .37% BAC Arrested in Evansville

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 1:28 PM

Vanderburgh County – Indiana State Police conducted a saturation patrol last night targeting impaired and dangerous drivers in Evansville. Between 4:00 and 11:00 p.m., Troopers issued 25 traffic tickets, 20 warnings, arrested three impaired drivers and arrested one driver for being a habitual traffic violator.

Arrested and Charges

Brittany Curtis, 26, Evansville

Curtis was stopped on Washington Avenue near Governor for having an expired license plate and for texting. When Trooper Campbell approached her vehicle he detected a strong odor of alcohol and marijuana. Field sobriety tests revealed Curtis was impaired, but she refused to submit to a chemical test. She was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail.

  • Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor
  • Driving While Intoxicated with a Prior DUI Arrest, Class 6 Felony

Chuck Becker, 29, Evansville

Becker was involved in a two-vehicle crash at First Avenue and Diamond Avenue. Further investigation revealed Becker had a blood alcohol content of .37%. He was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail. The Evansville Police Department investigated the crash.

  • Driving While Intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor

Amy Eaton, 35, Evansville

Eaton was stopped at Riverside Drive and Kentucky Avenue after she failed to use her turn signal when required. When Trooper Gramig approached the driver he detected signs of impairment. Field sobriety tests revealed she was impaired. She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital where further investigation revealed she was under the influence of marijuana and meth. She was also in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Eaton was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail.

  • Driving While Intoxicated, Class C Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor

Robert Bowers, 54, Evansville

Bowers was stopped on SR 66 near First Avenue for a traffic violation. Further investigation by Trooper Rafferty revealed he was a Habitual Traffic Violator. He was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail.

  • Habitual Traffic Violator, Class 6 Felony

The Indiana state Police are committed to traffic safety and will continue to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to apprehend impaired drivers and to deter others from drinking and driving.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

SOURCE: Indiana State Police – Evansville District 35

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