Two Washington residents died in a two-vehicle accident Saturday.

David A. Taylor, 54, and Tina M. Colbert, 43, both of 401 N.W. Ninth St., were declared dead at the scene by Daviess County Coroner, Dr. Stephen Cullen, after they were trapped in their vehicle.

The accident happened at 5:34 p.m. when Taylor had stopped his 1992 Dodge Dynasty at the stop sign at SR 257 and the U.S. 50 Bypass. Witnesses said Taylor appeared to be making a left turn and pulled his vehicle into the westbound lane of U.S. 50 and into the path of a 1996 Dodge Caravan driven by David E. Yoder, 46, Loogootee.

Yoder’s van hit Taylor’s vehicle in the driver’s side door, pushing both vehicles into the center of the westbound lane of the Bypass, blocking traffic for about two hours.

Witnesses said Yoder’s vehicle was close to the intersection when Taylor pulled out, and Yoder had no chance of avoiding the accident. Yoder said he saw the Dodge at the intersection and thought it would stay there until it was clear for him to go, but the next moment, Taylor’s vehicle was in front of him.

Sheriff’s investigation showed that Yoder was unable to avoid the collision.

Yoder was taken to Daviess Community Hospital complaining of chest pain. Members of his family, wife Phyllis A. Yoder, 45; son Eric T. Yoder, 18; daughter Kristen L. Yoder, 15; as well as a family friend, Melissa J. Yoder, 17, of Montgomery, were taken to Daviess Community Hospital for treatment of various bumps and bruises. All were treated and released.

The three teenagers were not wearing seatbelts.

Alcohol and drug tests are pending on David Taylor.

Investigating officer, Deputy Dave Fleming, was assisted by Lt. Ron Morgan, Sgt. Gary Allison, deputies Bill Dougherty and Nathan Lueken; Washington Township Volunteer firefighters and first responders; Southwest Medical Ambulance Service; and medical personnel at DCH.

Witnesses included Dr. Jim Simpson and Janet Simpson, 1601 N. Oak St., who were two cars behind Taylor’s vehicle; Bill Griffith, 32 E. Mobile Park, who was directly behind Taylor’s vehicle; and Nicole Wittmer, 87N 450E, who was in front of Taylor’s vehicle.

Damage was estimated between $10,000 and $25,000.

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