Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal ATV accident that occurred in Crawford County Saturday afternoon. Sherry Koch (59) of Jeffersonville died at Jasper Memorial Hospital while her 7 year-old granddaughter, Kasey Smith of Clarksville, sustained minor injuries
Shortly before 3:00 p.m., Koch was operating an ATV with Smith seated in front of her on Mount Eden Road, near Eckerty. Preliminary investigation indicates that Koch lost control on the gravel road and struck a tree, ejecting her and Smith.
Smith quickly ran for help at a nearby residence, whose occupants called 911. Koch was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital, where she later died. Smith was airlifted to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and treated for minor injuries.
Assisting agencies at the scene included the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, English First Responders, and Crawford County Ambulance. The incident remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers.
Neither Koch nor Smith was wearing a helmet or any safety equipment. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage riders to always wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV.