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Washington County, Indiana — April 8, 2013

Police believe a motorist was under the influence Monday when she struck a motorcycle in the Salme area, killing the rider.

According to deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Pekin resident Brooke Bunch, 31, was behind the wheel of a 2004 Jeep Cherokee sport-utility vehicle as it traveled east along Motsinger Road. As Ms. Bunch approached Indiana 60, at an unknown hour, she reportedly veered into oncoming traffic.

Meanwhile, Sellersberg resident Johnny Ferrill, 67, was riding a motorcycle west and was unable to avoid a collision with the Cherokee. Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Mr. Ferrill to University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky, but doctors were unable to save him.

Investigators are exploring the possibility that alcohol was a factor. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010, one every 51 minutes.

UPDATE: Ms. Bunch has been charged with possessing a controlled substance and reckless homicide in connection with the accident.

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