Alcohol Believed to Be a Factor in Weekend ORV Crash That Injured Two

From Local Sources 

SALEM -- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an Off Road Vehicle (ORV) accident that occurred in Washington County early Sunday morning. Mark Gumaelius, age 32, of Salem, and one of his two adult passengers suffered injuries as he was operating an ORV on Rooster Hill Road, north of Salem.

Shortly before 1 a.m., Gumaelius attempted to turn onto Rooster Hill Road and lost control and struck a tree. One passenger was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center in Jackson County. Gumaelius was ejected, was knocked unconscious, and suffered head injuries.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor, and as a result, Gumaelius is facing pending charges of Operating an Off Road Vehicle Under the Influence of an Alcoholic Beverage.

None of the occupants was wearing a helmet or using safety equipment.

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