Charges were filed Monday against a woman who police believe had been drinking when she drove her mini-van north in the south-bound lanes of State Road 3 in Noble County early Saturday morning. Her minivan struck an SUV with four people inside, killing two.
Carolyn Sue Gibson, 47, of Garrett faces two felony charges of causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of more than .15% and one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.
According to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, a call was received at approximately 12:19 a.m. regarding a wrong-way driver on State Road 3 approaching Weimer Road. When deputies arrived on the scene they found two vehicles had been involved in a crash.
Investigators determined that a Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Gibson was headed north on State Road 3 in the south-bound lanes. State Road 3 is a divided highway in that area.
A Honda Pilot driven by Pau Kap Thang, 30, of Fort Wayne was headed south and attempted to avoid the crash but was unable. The minivan collided with the front passenger side of the Pilot. The force of the collision caused the Pilot to enter the median before it came to rest on its side.
Wawa Kyi, 25, Lai Lar Bee, 27, and Sa Dit, 26, all of Fort Wayne were passengers in the Pilot.
Thang was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital for multiple injuries. Wawa Kyi was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital while Lai Lar Bee and Sa Dit were both pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Gibson was taken to a Noble County hospital for treatment while her passenger, Amy Jo Mosley, 42, of Avilla was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital.
A crash reconstructionist from the Indiana State Police was contacted to investigate the accident.