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[ISP] Drunk Driver Causes Crash on US 50, Injures Five
Start Date: 1/3/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/3/2014
Entry Description

Daviess County: A head on collision this morning in Daviess County left five people injured and one driver behind bars.

An investigation by Trooper Jarrod Lents reveals that at about 8:30 A.M., Hsa Moo Thaw, 32, Washington, IN, was traveling eastbound on US Highway 50 in a 1999 Toyota four-door. While eastbound and near County Road 1200 East, Thaw decided to pass a tractor-trailer in his lane. Due to the slick road conditions and what investigators believe to be an unsafe speed, Thaw lost control of the Toyota and slid, head on, into a 1996 Ford F-150, driven by John E. McPherson, 44, Shoals, IN.

McPherson had to be extricated from his truck. He was airlifted from the scene and taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He is listed in critical condition after suffering a fractured pelvis, leg and nose. Four occupants in the Toyota were injured, sustaining injuries ranging from a broken back to abdominal abrasions.

Further investigation by Trooper Lents found Thaw to be operating while intoxicated, having a blood alcohol content of .21%. He was lodged in the Daviess County Security Center. Thaw was not injured in the crash.

State Police was assisted at the scene by the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department.

John E. McPherson, 44, 11882 Deep Cut Lake Road, Shoals, IN (Driver, Ford)
- Pelvic Fracture, Broken Right Femur, Nasal Fracture

Hsee Wawah, 42, Indianapolis, IN (Front Seat Passenger, Toyota)
- Broken Back

Me Me Titaray, 7, Indianapolis, IN (Rear Seat Passenger, Toyota)
- Broken Shoulder and Clavicle

Hser Eh Thaw, 4, Washington, IN (Rear Seat Passenger, Toyota)
- Abdominal Abrasions

Hsa Blut Soe, 10, Washington, IN (Rear Seat Passenger, Toyota)
- Abdominal Abrasions

Arrested and Charges:
Hsa Moo Thaw, 32
1402 McCormick Ave, Washington, IN
- Operating While Intoxicated, Causing Serious Injury; D-Felony; Three Counts
- Operating While Intoxicated with Minor Passengers in the Vehicle; D-Felony; Three Counts
- Neglect of a Dependant; C-Felony; Two Counts
- Driving While Suspended – Prior, Causing Serious Injury; D-Felony; Three Counts
- Reckless Driving; A-Misdemeanor

* Attached photograph is of the 1996 Ford F-150.

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Philip Hensley
Phone: 812-634-5520
Daviess Co. crash
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