CART Investigates Vehicle Accident Resulting in Critical Injury

The following post was issued as a press release by the Floyd County Prosecutor’s Office Combined Accident Reconstruction Team (CART):

For Release IMMEDIATE

S/Trooper David A. Scott

(812) 246-5424

Car Strikes Two Houses; Passenger Critical

NEW ALBANY — At approximately 3:14AM, the New Albany Police Department received a call regarding a vehicle that had struck two houses in the 1600 block of Slate Run Road. An off duty New Albany Police Officer heard the crash and responded from his residence to find one of the passengers had been ejected from the vehicle. The Floyd County Combined Accident Reconstruction Team (CART) was called to the scene to investigate the crash.

CART was formed in July 2007, by Floyd County Prosecutor Keith A. Henderson, to investigate all fatality crashes and those involving serious bodily injury that may result in criminal charges. CART members have additional training in crash reconstruction and scene diagramming.

The preliminary investigation reveals that a silver 2000 Toyota Celica driven by Jesse R. Carter, age 18 , of New Albany was traveling north in the 1600 block of Slate Run Road when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the west side of the roadway, struck a tree, the front porch of a residence, and the side of another residence before coming to rest between the two houses.

A backseat passenger was ejected from the vehicle and is listed in critical condition at University of Louisville Hospital. It is believed that this passenger was not wearing a seat-belt at the time of the accident. Two other passengers in the vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries. No one in either of the two houses were injured.

After receiving treatment at Floyd Memorial Hospital, Carter was placed under arrest for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Serious Bodily Injury, Illegal Consumption of Alcohol, and Possession of Marijuana. He is currently held in the Floyd County Jail. The crash remains under investigation; however, the use of alcohol and speed are believed to be significant factors in this crash.

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