Vallonia woman injured in accident

Police believe speed led to a Saturday morning wreck in Brownstown that injured a 23-year-old Vallonia woman.

Kate Shoemaker was flown by StatFlight helicopter from a landing zone near the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, county officer Rob Henley said Monday morning.

A family member reported Shoemaker was stable and doing well.

The one-vehicle wreck was reported at 10:22 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of East State Road 250.

“The driver was westbound on 250, and we believe she was operating at a high rate of speed,” Henley said. “When she came upon slower traffic, she tried to brake, lost control and went off the south side of the roadway.”

The vehicle then hit a small ditch and embankment, causing it to roll, Henley said.

He wasn’t sure how many times the black Mercury Milan rolled, and it may have even flipped end over end, he said.

The vehicle came to rest on the driver’s side, and Shoemaker was unresponsive when police arrived at the scene, Henley said. There was no one else in the car, and no other vehicles were involved in the wreck, he added.

“We believe the driver was unrestrained during the accident,” he said. “She was thrown around violently in the vehicle but wasn’t ejected.”

After a few minutes, Shoemaker was able to respond to stimuli, and fire and ambulance personnel were able to extricate her from the passenger side door, Henley said.

“They were able to get her stabilized and into the ambulance in order to transport her to the landing zone,” he said.

Henley said at that time, Shoemaker was verbally responsive. He didn’t think she had suffered any broken bones.

“It was a bad wreck, and she is lucky to be alive,” Henley said.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at or 812-523-7069.