TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Court documents say a 21-year-old woman had been drinking alcohol and using drugs before she got into the car that struck and killed 73-year-old Donna Ubelhor on the city's south side this week.
Wednesday evening, a vehicle drove off the road near Brady Lane and Commanche Trail in Lafayette, killing one and injuring another. You can read the details in our original story.
Tippecanoe County court documents state Elizabeth Wesner was found sitting in the driver's seat of her Blazer, which had crashed into a fire hydrant just south of the intersection after it had hit Ubelhor on her lawn.
Officers say when they found Wesner, they noted an odor of alcoholic beverages coming from her and she admitted to drinking earlier in the afternoon. Officers said she also admitted to using marijuana. Wesner was taken to St. Elizabeth Central Hospital, where officers say she tested positive for cannabis and amphetamine.
Witnesses told officers they saw Wesner in her Blazer, driving over the curb and into the yard of a house on Commanche, where it hit Ubelhor and a second person, identified as James Brown.
The car then continued into the intersection where it hit another vehicle – its driver uninjured – and came to rest against the fire hydrant.
Wesner was arrested. She is facing preliminary charges of operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II substance, leaving the scene of an accident causing death and possession of a schedule III controlled substance. She is being held at the Tippecanoe County Jail on a $25,000 total bond.
Several Muncie residents are asking the state Department of Education to force the city's school district to continue bus service for students despite the defeat of a proposed property tax increase to pay for its costs.
A large fire destroyed a southern Indiana restaurant, with flames soaring high through the roof as it burned overnight.
A 22-year-old Elkhart man has pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of the owner of a northern Indiana convenience store and an employee.