Wreck on River Road results in injuries to father and daughter

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An accident on State Road 56 just east of Vevay on Monday resulted in serious injuries to a Vevay man and his daughter.

At 4:38 p.m. Switzerland County Sheriff’s officers were summoned to State Road 56 and Plum Creek Road for a single vehicle accident. Richard Daugherty and his daughter, Laci Daugherty, were involved in the accident when their vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree just west of the Plum Creek Bridge on the south side of the road. The vehicle then slid down into the ditch.

Laci Daugherty was airlifted to University Hospital in Cincinnati with severe internal injuries, as well as a broken pelvis and a possible fracture in her back. She also has head trauma that doctors are watching carefully, and surgery was performed to remove her spleen late Monday night.

The 17-year old will be a senior at Switzerland County High School this fall, and is a member of the girls varsity golf team. She was heading to Monday afternoon’s match at the Vineyard Golf Course when the accident occurred.

Richard Daugherty was a passenger in the vehicle. He was transported to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison by Switzerland County EMS, and following an evaluation he was airlifted to University Hospital in Cincinnati, arriving on Monday night.

He suffered a skull fracture, a broken collar bone, broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and a severe black eye.

A large contingency of family and friends made their way to the hospital on Monday night awaiting word on their condition; and officials at University Hospital had no comment on their status as of Wednesday morning.

Switzerland County Sheriff’s detective Richard Lock led the investigation at the scene, with the sheriff’s department being assisted by the Vevay Police Department, the Indiana State Police, Jefferson-Craig Volunteer Fire Department, Switzerland County EMS, and Indiana Conservation Officer Steve Kinne.

Detective Lock said that a witness to the accident has been located, but asks that if anyone else saw the accident and has information, please contact him at the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, 427-3636.