Local woman dies in wreck: Victim, 51, was passenger in husband’s truck

A fatal auto accident in northern Bartholomew County has claimed the life of a Flat Rock woman.

Venessia Emerick, 51, a passenger in a blue 2008 GMC Sierra driven Sunday evening by her husband, Timothy Emerick, was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital, where she later died from her injuries, Jackson said.

Medical personnel reported that Venessia Emerick suffered severe head trauma, sheriff’s department spokeswoman Judy Jackson said.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies Andrew Whipker and Jarod Aspenson had responded to a report of a personal injury accident at North County Road 350E and East County Road 900N — north of St. Louis Crossing and about a mile south of the Shelby County line — at about 6:52 p.m. Sunday, Jackson said.

County fire personnel already were attending to Emerick when deputies arrived, she said.

Emerick’s husband told deputies that a second vehicle — a black 2000 Chevrolet Tracker driven by Max Dyer, 29, Hope — entered the intersection and struck their vehicle, Jackson said.

Occupants of both vehicles were wearing seatbelts. The accident remains under investigation, Jackson said.

Capt. Dave Steinkoenig, Sgt. T.A. Smith and Detective Sgt. Chad Swank of the sheriff’s department assisted, as did Columbus Regional Hospital’s emergency medical services, IU Health Lifeline, Clifford Volunteer Fire Department and Flat Rock Volunteer Fire Department.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.