Fort Branch Woman in fatal U.S. 41 wreck identified

Posted on May 11, 2009

A woman who died about 12 hours after her car was hit Friday night by another motorist on U.S. 41 has been identified.

Jackie Hollis, 57, of Fort Branch, was pronounced dead shortly after 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Deaconess Hospital. Hollis was involved in a crash that occurred on Friday night, May 8, 2009, as she was stopped for a traffic light at U.S. 41 North and Indiana 57. Justin Mallory, 27, slammed into the rear of Hollis’ vehicle. The impact drove the car about 150 feet off the roadway. Mallory's truck traveled across the median and both southbound lanes of U.S. 41 and into a ditch next to the railroad tracks there.

Mallory allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was apprehended by an Evansville Police Department K-9 unit. The city officer, who was nearby, had stopped to assist county officers at the scene.

Mallory was taken to Deaconess Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries before being jailed.

His blood-alcohol level was 0.21, almost three times the legal limit for intoxicated driving, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Mallory is being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges including criminal recklessness, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with injury and prior conviction hit-and-run with injury; and resisting law enforcement.

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