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Felony charges filed in 7-injury U.S. 52 wreck

By John Estridge, Editor

An Indianapolis man is charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor regarding a head-on collision, which resulted in seven people being transported to various hospitals.

Gregory P. Ivey, Jr., 35, was charged with four felony counts of Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (serious bodily injury), as Level 6 Felonies, and one count of Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, as a class A misdemeanor.

According to an Affidavit for Probable Cause, authored by Indiana State Police Accident Reconstructionist Andrew T. Garrett, Ivey's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was twice the legal limit when his blood was tested at the hospital after the accident, 0.16. The legal limit for BAC in Indiana is 0.08.

At 6:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, during Memorial Day Weekend, Ivey was operating a 2011 Toyota Rav4 and was traveling westbound on U.S. 52 just west of its intersection with Little Cedar Road. Ivey and the Toyota were taking a curve to the right. Based on evidence at the scene, Garrett alleges Ivey went left of center and struck a 2012 Honda Odyssey van being driven by Jason D. Krise, 43, Harrison, Ohio. Krise was going east. It was Krise's birthday.

A witness to the accident who was following Ivey said Krise pulled his vehicle all the way over to the guardrail in an attempt to get away from the oncoming Rav4 but was unable to avoid the collision.

According to the same witness, while he followed Ivey and his Rav4, the Rav4 was swaying from fog line to center line for some time. The witness stayed two to three car lengths behind Ivey.

Garrett stated the initial impact was one to two feet beyond the center line into the eastbound lane. After impact, both vehicles pivoted and rotated counterclockwise The Rav4 came to rest in the north ditch with the front of it in the road and rear against an embankment. The van came to rest in the eastbound lane with the rear rested on top of the guardrail.

The witness went to Ivey's vehicle to see if he could aid Ivey in any way and smelled a strong alcohol odor from Ivey's vehicle.

Krise and his wife, Dee M. Krise, both stated they had visited Dee's grandfather, who is a resident of Brookville Healthcare. They arrived at the facility north of Brookville on Indiana 101 about 5 p.m. and left about 45 minutes later. They stopped at Dairy Cottage to get drinks and snacks for the drive home.

Dee told Garrett Jason was not on his cellphone. “All of the occupants had their seatbelts on but no children were in child restraints or booster seats,” Garrett recorded Dee and listed it in the Affidavit.

As they were driving home, Dee yelled “Look out.” Jason said it appeared Ivey's vehicle had entered his lane to pass another vehicle.

Jason and Ivey were transported to University Hospital in Cincinnati by two, separate medical helicopters. Jason suffered a broken nose, internal bleeding, lacerations and bruising. Ivey had a broken elbow and a broken ankle.

The Krises' 6-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son suffered lacerations to their spleens, bruising and lacerations. An 8-year-old son had two broken vertebrae and a bruised contusion on his small intestine. All three children and a fourth child were transported to Children's Hospital in Cincin-nati. Injuries, if any, were not listed for the fourth child. Dee was also transported to the hospital, but her injuries were also not listed in the Affidavit. In the original press release concerning the accident released by the ISP, it said Dee was taken to a Cincinnati hospital, but it did not say which one.

According to Garrett, in plain view within the Ivey vehicle, was an open Miller Light beer can in a Star-bucks coffee mug in the driver's cup holder. Another open Miller Light beer can was in the floorboard behind the center console. A cooler was in the back that contained beer cans in it “and was missing several. The cans still had condensation on them indicating that they were still cold.” Garrett wrote in the Affidavit.

A blood sample from Ivey was taken by hospital personnel at 8:13 p.m., resulting in the 0.16 BAC, according to the Affidavit.

Garrett was contacted by Ivey's mother on Memorial Day. Garrett did not list her name.

“She told me that Gregory told her that he had found the Miller Light can and placed it in the Star-bucks cup and that the other vehicle went left of center,” Garrett wrote in the Affidavit. “I explained that if that was the case, then the blood work would reflect that.”

Garrett contacted Ivey, but Ivey said he did not want to talk to Garrett without a lawyer being present.

If convicted of a Level 6 Felony, Ivey could receive a sentence of six months to two-and-a-half years in the Franklin County Security Center. A class A misdemeanor conviction could result in a sentence up to one year in the FCSC.