Five Injured, Driver Arrested Following Single Car Accident

Five people were injured and the driver was arrested following a single car accident on Saturday evening.

Indiana State Police say 18-year-old Hector Vazquez Jr of Huntingburg was traveling southbound on Meridian Road at a high rate of speed when police say he lost control of his vehicle while trying to go around a curve just south of County Road 100 South.

Police say Vazquez’s car left the roadway and struck a tree. Police say due to the high speeds, the vehicle then continued on, hitting another tree before going vazquezback onto the roadway.

When police responded to the crash just before 8 pm, they found through preliminary tests that Vazquez was under the influence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Vazquez was arrested and transported to the Dubois County Security Center. He faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of operating while intoxicated, and Class C infractions for speed too fast to avoid a collision, and driving left of center.

One of the passengers in the vehicle, 13-year-old Myra Arellano of Huntingburg, was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. Police say Arellano has since been released from the hospital.

Vazquez and the other injured passengers were transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for non-life threatening injuries. Police say that three of the passengers in the vehicle, including Arellano, were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Police say Vazquez’s car was totaled in the crash. Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, the Jasper Police Department, the Jasper Fire Department, and Dubois County EMS.