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Driver, 88, Dies In Crash; Icy Road May Be To Blame

Posted On February 03, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Bath, Ind.) – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says ice on the road may have been a contributing factor in a crash that claimed a man’s life Sunday morning.

It was around 8:40 a.m. when Marion Ponder, 88, of Bath, lost control of his 2000 Dodge Intrepid on Bath Road about a quarter-mile west of Harmony Road in Bath Township. His vehicle went off the south side of the road, where Ponder overcorrected and spun into the path of an oncoming 2000 GMC Sierra 2500.

Deputies say Ponder’s car was impacted on the drivers side by the oncoming SUV. Ponder was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.

The other driver, Jeffrey K. Coffey, 43, of West College Corner, was taken to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford for treatment of his injuries.

The crash is still under investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Union County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin County EMS, Rescue 24, and West College Corner Volunteer Fire Department.