A Batesville man, Zachary D. Gober, surrendered himself on a warrant for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death, a level 4 felony, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, a level 3 felony. The warrant was requested by Dearborn County Prosecutor, Lynn Deddens after an investigation by the Dearborn County Sheriffs Department.
The investigation began when Dearborn County Sheriffs Deputies were dispatched to Harrison Brookville Road near Whitewater Motors in reference to a pedestrian that appeared to have been struck by a vehicle and killed. Officers reviewed video footage captured by a local business, it was observed that an individual, later identified as Casey Webb, was struck by a passing pickup truck at 2:36 a.m. on November 1, 2020. The video also revealed that the driver of the truck failed to stop. Instead, the truck left the scene northbound on Harrison Brookville Road at a high rate of speed.
As part of the investigation, officers learned that Gober had been at the Borderline Bar in West Harrison on the night Casey Webb was killed. Officers obtained video footage from the bar that depicted Gober consuming alcohol at the bar, and leaving the bar a short time before Casey was struck and killed.
The investigation further revealed that Gober had been in a second incident after hitting Casey and leaving the scene. Dearborn County Sheriffs Deputy Hummel advised that on November 1, 2020 he took a property damage report at 606 Harrison Brookville Road. Hummel stated that he observed yaw marks, and tire tracks and vehicle parts in a yard, but no vehicle at the scene. Detective Allen retrieved surveillance video from another business on Harrison Brookville Road. The surveillance video shows a pickup truck travelling north at a high rate of speed at 2:36 a.m. The video shows the truck strike Casey, then run off the roadway on the south side of the road after it passed Johns Automotive.
In an effort to locate the driver of the truck, Dearborn County Sheriff Shane McHenry issued a press release where he provided a video and photographs of the truck investigators had acquired from a business security camera. The press release also provided the make and model of the truck and asked that anyone who may have information regarding the matter, to contact the Sheriffs Department. On November 3, 2020 Detective Gena Allen with the Dearborn County Sheriffs Department received a call from an attorney advising that his client, Zachary Gober, was the driver of the pickup truck. The attorney further relayed the whereabouts of the pickup truck.
Gober was charged in the Dearborn Superior Court II, and is being held in the Dearborn County Jail. Gobers first court appearance is expected to be today, at 11 a.m. before the Honorable Sally A. McLaughlin.
Regarding the investigation, Dearborn County Prosecutor, Lynn Deddens, said, I want to thank the Sheriffs Department as well as the Indiana State Police for their dedicated work investigating this case. My office will continue that work to ensure a just outcome in these tragic circumstances
All charges filed in this case are merely allegations and all suspects are considered innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law