Two Die In Accident Near Ireland

Ireland (NNDC) – Two people were killed Saturday evening when the moped they were on was struck by a pick-up truck west of Ireland.

Indiana State Police at Jasper, 26 year-old James Posey of Jasper, and his passenger, 25-year-old Ashley Stephens, also of Jasper, had stopped their moped in the highway before they were struck.

Police say 27-year old Benjamin Braunecker was driving the pickup truck eastbound on Indiana 56 at about 8:30pm just east of North 600 West when he encountered the moped.

ISP say Braunecker was unable to avoid striking the moped.  ISP says the moped was dragged about 200 feet before coming to a stop. One rider was thrown from the moped; the second was pinned under the truck.

The driver of the moped was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office. The passenger was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper where she died shortly after arriving.

Names of the deceased are being released at a later time pending notification of families.

The crash remains under investigation by Indiana State Police crash scene reconstructionists.

ISP was assisted at the scene by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, the Ireland Fire Department, Memorial Hospital EMS, and the Dubois County Coroner’s Office.

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