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Hit And Run Drunk Driver Injures Two In Crash

A serious car accident in Jackson County injured two people, and the driver that caused the crash left the scene. Police arrested the driver some time after the incident.

A new release from Kentucky State Police states that the two-vehicle crash happened on northbound I-65 near the 55 mile marker on July 4, 2011. Trooper Matthew Holley says a Lincoln Navigator driven by Kirby McDaniel Jr. of Lithonia, Georgia was northbound on I-65 in the right lane.

A Ford van driven by Brinton Unroe of Louisville, Kentucky was also heading northbound on I-65 at a high rate of speed, behind the Navigator. As Unroe passed the Lincoln, he struck the left rear bumper with his van.

The impact caused the Lincoln to become airborne and roll over. Unroe drove away from the scene of the accident. Sergeant Bob Hedger of the Indiana State Police later stopped Unroe on S.R. 11 in Bartholomew County.

Emergency crews worked to free McDaniel from the Lincoln for over an hour. He was transported by medical helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. McDaniel suffered severe bruising and pain from the accident. An ambulance transported passenger Cecil McKay to Schneck Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officials charged Unroe with DUI and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

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