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The Knox County Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant last Friday, September 27, for Joshua A. Roark, 27, of Vincennes, in connection to a vehicle crash in June that killed John and Rita Buck, both 71, from Freelandville.

On June 12, Roark was traveling southbound on SR 159 approaching Brocksmith Road when he drove left of center and collided head-on into a vehicle occupied by John and Rita Buck.

Further investigation by Indiana State Police revealed Roark was under the influence of methamphetamine. Roark turned himself in at the Knox County Jail where he posted bond and was later released.

Criminal Charges:

Joshua A. Roark, 27, Vincennes, IN

  • 2 counts of Causing Death While Driving Under the Influence of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Level 4 Felony

On June 2 at approximately 4:34, Indiana State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on SR 159 north of Bicknell that killed a Freelandville couple and injured a Vincennes man.

Preliminary investigation revealed John B. Buck, 71, of Freelandville, was driving his 2002 Jeep northbound on SR 159 approximately ½ mile north of Brocksmith Road.

Roark, was traveling southbound on SR 159 approaching Brocksmith Road when for unknown reasons drove left of center and collided head-on into Buck’s vehicle.

The couple was both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Roark was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville where he is being treated for serious injuries. SR 159 was closed for approximately 3 hours while troopers investigated the crash.