Criminal Charges Considered in Car Crash at Madison Regatta
It could take another week before investigators determine whether a teenage driver whose car plowed into a crowd at the Madison Regatta on Sunday should face criminal charges, a prosecutor said.
Witnesses said Michael Bowen, 18, of Madison, appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel as the speeding car left a street and hurtled into the riverfront area crowded with people.
Investigators are still awaiting results of blood tests to determine whether Bowen was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Madison Police Chief Bob Wolf said yesterday. Blood samples were sent to the Indiana State Police laboratory earlier this week.
Jefferson County Prosecutor Chris Naylor said the investigation likely would not be completed until later this week or next week. Bowen was treated at University Hospital in Louisville, but a hospital spokeswoman said he was not a patient there yesterday.
The Associated Press left a phone message seeking comment from Bowen's attorney, Jason Pattison.
Ten other people were injured in the crash Sunday afternoon, and three were hospitalized. Two bystanders -- Priscilla Johnson, 56, of Madison and Jennifer Willette, 28, of Madison Heights, Mich. -- were taken by helicopter to University Hospital with what police said were head and chest injuries.
They were listed in serious condition in the hospital's intensive care unit yesterday. Hana Roberts, 14, of Madison was released Wednesday from Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville.
In a written statement, her parents, David and Cheryl Roberts, thanked their daughter's rescuers. "It is truly a miracle that she survived this horrible accident, and we are forever grateful to God and everyone for all they've done," they said.
The accident happened as the crowd awaited the final race in the annual Fourth of July weekend event, which draws up to 100,000 people to Madison for the hydroplane races on the Ohio River.