Two on Moped Killed West of Ireland on SR56

Two on Moped Killed West of Ireland on SR56


A two-vehicle crash Saturday evening west of Ireland left two deceased.

At 8:35 PM, 27-year-old Benjamin Braunecker of Jasper was traveling eastbound on State Road 56, east of County Road 600 West, when he encountered a moped with two riders, stopped in the roadway. 

Braunecker was unable to avoid the moped and struck them with his 1995 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, dragging the moped almost 200 feet before coming to a stop. 

One rider was thrown from the moped, the second was pinned under the truck.

The driver of the moped was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office. 

The passenger was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where she died shortly after arriving.

Names of the deceased will be released at a later time, once notifications have been made to their families.

The crash remains under investigation by Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists.  State Police was assisted by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ireland Fire Department, Memorial Hospital EMS, and the Dubois County Coroner’s Office.