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Staff report from press release
October 18, 2023 – New Albany, Indiana
Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Wednesday Morning Crash
New Albany, IN – October 18, 2023: A New Albany woman lost her life when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing Charlestown Road early Wednesday.
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the New Albany Police Department responded to reports of a car-pedestrian collision on Charlestown Road, just north of Klerner Lane. The incident occurred with the collision site in darkness and heavy fog, significantly reducing visibility, according to ISP. The crash also took place far from the nearest marked pedestrian crossing. The pedestrian involved in the accident was later identified as 70-year-old Barbara Tucker, a resident of New Albany, Indiana. She was transported to University Hospital, but died from her injuries shortly after 8 a.m.
In response to the incident, the New Albany Police Department requested the assistance of crash reconstruction officers from the Sellersburg Post. These officers promptly arrived at the scene to initiate a comprehensive investigation. The preliminary inquiry included interviews with witnesses, examination of surveillance footage capturing the tragic event, and the application of standard crash investigation techniques.
Based on their initial findings, investigators determined that the driver of a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox failed to spot Barbara Tucker as she was crossing the roadway. The limited lighting conditions and heavy fog were identified as contributing factors to the collision. Notably, speed is not believed to have played a role in the accident, and law enforcement authorities do not anticipate pressing charges in connection with this incident.
The family of the deceased has been notified.