Fatal wreck leads to arrest


A Boonville woman has been arrested Sunday after a fatal crash involving a motorcyclist who was also from Boonville.

According to the Boonville Police Chief Daryl Saltzman, Debbie K. Hart, 61, of Boonville, was traveling in a truck west on State Road 62 in Boonville just before 1 p.m. on Sunday when she attempted to turn onto Baker Road.

Saltzman said Hart turned into the path of motorcyclist Timothy L. Hemmings, 39, of Boonville, who was travelling east on State Road 62. According to a probable cause affidavit, witnesses reported that Hemmings apparently attempted to stop, skidded and then ran into the passenger side of the truck which caused him to fly airborn off the motorcycle.

Saltzman said two nurses stopped to assist with injuries until first responders arrived. According to the probable cause affidavit, Hemmings was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville where he later died of his injuries.

According to the probable cause affidavit, officers could smell alcohol on Hart's breath and she admitted to drinking earlier in the day. The affidavit states a portable breath test showed her BAC was .125 percent.

Saltzman stated Hart was transported to Deaconess Hospital and subjected to a blood draw before being arrested on charges of causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an ACE of .15 percent or more, a Level 4 felony; causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a Level 5 felony; operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 percent or more, a Class A misdemeanor; operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, a Class A misdemeanor; and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor.

According to the affidavit, officers attempted to learn the demeanor of Hemmings, but were unable to test his blood at the hospital due to several blood transfusions he received at the hospital. However, the affidavit states officers did find marijuana and a pill in his

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jacket pocket and autopsy results may give more information when the results are available.

Hart was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated in 1996, but charges were dropped. She was again charged for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in 2006 and was found guilty on those charges.

Hart was held at the Warrick County Jail on a $3,000 bond before bonding out on Monday. She has not yet been assigned a date for a preliminary hearing.

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