Alcohol played a major role in a one-vehicle car crash in Gallatin County that sent a Shawneetown woman to Barnes Hospital, St. Louis with neck, pelvis and lower back injuries, said Gallatin County Sheriff Shannon Bradley.
Erin Coonse, 18, Shawneetown underwent surgery Sunday and is awaiting further surgery in the St. Louis hospital.
Driver Andrew T. Cox, 19, Ridgway was jailed Sunday on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated DUI, illegal transport of alcohol, reckless driving, illegal lane usage and ignoring a stop sign, Bradley said.
His bail was set at $15,000 and he was released Monday after paying $1,500 cash bond.
The vehicle was a white 2008 Pontiac G-8. At 7:47 a.m. Sunday April 21 Cox was driving northbound on Shawnee Forest Road in Gallatin County when he came to the intersection with Barrett Cemetery Road. Instead of stopping at the stop sign he accelerated through the intersection and went airborne due to a raise in the grade at the intersection, Bradley said. The car rolled three or four times when it came down, according to Bradley.
Coonse was ejected from the vehicle when it landed 1,000 feet north of Barrett Cemetery Road, said the sheriff.
Cox flagged down a privately owned vehicle and transported Coonse to Harrisburg Medical Center, Bradley said.
Coonse was transported by helicopter to Barnes Hospital.
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