Two Killed in Crash on Highway 41 in Evansville

The accident took place on U.S. 41 in Evansville near Baseline Road.

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 6:52 AM
Updated: Oct 20, 2020 1:58 PM

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate a crash that killed two people.

The accident took place on Monday afternoon before 6 p.m. on U.S. 41 near Baseline Road in Evansville.

According to deputies, a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox was driving southbound on U.S. 41, when for unknown reasons, it crossed the median and started driving the wrong way in the northbound lanes. Soon after, it collided with a 2006 Ford F-150.

The driver of the F-150 died at the scene of the crash from injuries sustained in the accident and was later identified as 79-year-old Karl Bechtel of Newburgh. Bechtel's autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox driver that crossed the median was freed from the vehicle and taken to the hospital, but later died from injuries related to the crash. That driver was identified as 56-year-old Judy Pharris of Vincennes.

US 41 was closed for over three hours while deputies investigated the scene.  The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.  Drugs or alcohol are not currently suspected as a factor in the crash.

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