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Nine-Year-Old Dies in Traffic Accident in Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY - JUNE 2, 2023 - The Washington County Sheriff Department reports the nine-year-old boy passed away late yesterday afternoon after being taken by helicopter to a Louisville hospital. "Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the child," Washington County Sheriff Brent Miller.

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The Washington County Sheriff's Department asks that you please use extreme caution on Indiana State Road135 North in the coming days as there will be slow moving traffic due to funeral services.

Original story: WASHINGTON COUNTY - (June 1, 2023) – A nine-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle as he attempted to cross the highway shortly before 9 a.m. this morning, said Sheriff Brent Miller. The child was transported by air ambulance to Norton Children’s Hospital and sustained injuries which could prove life-threatening.

The child had checked a mailbox on the east side of State Road 135 North and was crossing the highway to return home when he was struck. The vehicle, a 2022 Lincoln Navigator, was operated by 81-year-old Fred Harrison of Medora, Indiana.

“This was a very unfortunate accident,” Sheriff Miller said. “Our prayers are with all parties involved in this tragedy.”

S.R. 135 North was closed for about four hours following the accident. Detective Brad Naugle is the lead investigator with assistance from Washington County EMS and members of the Jefferson and Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Departments. An Indiana State Police accident reconstruction team was called to the scene to assist with the investigation, said Miller.

No charges have been filed and the accident remains under investigation at this time.

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