Suspended, DUI driver injures five in crash on U.S. 50

WASHINGTON, Ind. - Five people were injured Friday, including three children, in a crash on U.S. 50 involving a driver who police said was nearly three times the legal limit.

State police say 32-year-old Has Moo Thaw, of Washington, Ind., was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 50 near County Road 1200 East when he decided to pass a semi-truck. Due to slick road conditions, and possibly unsafe speed, according to police, Thaw lost control of the vehicle and slid head-on into a 1996 For F-150 driven by John E. McPherson, 44, of Shoals.

McPherson had to be extricated from his truck by firefighters due to damage from the collision. He was airlifted in critical condition to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville with a fractured pelvis, leg and nose.

Four passengers in Thaw's vehicle were also injured. Hsee Wawah, 42, of Indianapolis, suffered a broken back from the collision. Three minors, ages 4, 7 and 10, also suffered multiple injuries, including a broken shoulder and clavicle and abdominal abrasions.

State police said Thaw was found to be operating his vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .21 percent. He was not injured in the crash.

Thaw was taken to the Daviess County Security Center on multiple felony counts, including three counts of operating while intoxicated, a class "D" felony, two counts of neglect of a dependent, a class "C" felony, and three counts of causing serious injury while driving with a suspended license, a class "D" felony.

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