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Two people killed in separate crashes

By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer

Two people were killed in Franklin County as a result of two separate one-vehicle accidents during the elongated July 4 holiday.

One person was pronounced dead on Wednesday, July 4 in a one-vehicle accident on Indiana 252 near its intersection with Raymond Road.

Patricia Lynn Archer, 75, of Hamilton, Ohio was operating her vehicle westbound on Ind. 252. Upon arrival, deputies found a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu in a field off the north side of the roadway. The investigating officer was Deputy Jason Robinson.

For reasons unknown at the time, deputies determined that Archer's vehicle went off the north side of the road, rolling several times before coming to rest upright in the field. Archer was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin County Coroner.

Assisting agencies were Franklin County Sheriff's Department deputies John Roberts, Andrew Voelker and Major Gregory Mehlbauer; Drewersburg EMS-1 Responder 24, Drewersburg Volunteer Fire Department, and the Franklin County Coroner's Office.

The second fatality occurred on the same highway but on Saturday afternoon, July 7, and it involved a motorcycle.

One person was killed and another aircared in a fatal motorcycle accident, which occurred on Ind. 252, just east of Little Cedar Road. Jeffery Dethlefs, 51, of Cincinnati, Ohio was operating a motorcycle westbound on Ind. 252 when he went over some loose gravel in the road, causing him to lose control. The motorcycle went off the north side of the road and over an embankment where it struck an electric fence.

Dethlef also had a 15-year-old passenger. Both were thrown from the motorcycle. Dethlef was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin County Coroner.

The 15-year-old passenger, who was wearing a helmet, was transported via aircare to University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio where she was treated for injuries sustained in the accident.

Deputy Andrew Voelker was the investigating officer. Others assisting at the scene were Franklin County EMS, Responder 24, Brookville Volunteer Fire Department and the Franklin County Coroner's Office.