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Saturday crash claims Depauw woman's life


March 04, 2009
A Depauw women died Saturday after a crash on S.R. 64 near Ramsey.

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Rita Ellen Rhoads
Rita Ellen Rhoads, 48, was traveling east on S.R. 64 Saturday morning about 10:50 when her 1996 Dodge Neon traveled off the right side of the roadway and down an embankment.

According to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, the vehicle then overturned at least two times, ejecting the driver. The police report indicated that Rhoads was not wearing a seat belt.

A witness who was following the vehicle told police that the Dodge Neon had been drifting off the right side of the road and completely left of center prior to the crash. The vehicle had previously been reported to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department due to witnesses observing the vehicle driving erratically.

Another witness, a medical doctor, who was traveling west at the time, stopped and performed CPR on the victim until EMS personnel arrived.

Rhoads, who was alone in the vehicle, was taken to Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany with head injuries and was later transferred to University Hospital in Louisville, where she died.

The crash remains under investigation.

Rhoads was born Oct. 21, 1960, in Anderson, the daughter of the late Harold Lee and Ilah Leoma Hoback Knowles.

She was a former licensed practical nurse at Indian Creek Health & Rehabilitation Center in Corydon and Green Valley Care Center in New Albany.

Survivors include three sons, Leland L. Rhoads Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va., Russell J. Rhoads of Somerset, Ky., and Christopher J. Rhoads of Brandenburg; two daughters, Jennifer M. Wolf and Shawna R. Rhoads, both of Palmyra; two brothers, Jim Knowles of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and Harry Knowles of Corydon; three sisters, Judy Jones of Louisville, Debbie Durbin of Guston, Ky., and Renee Dodson of Corydon; and five grandchildren.

Visitation was yesterday (Tuesday) and will be today after 9 a.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.

The funeral will be today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at the funeral home followed by burial in Blue River Chapel Cemetery west of Corydon. Pallbearers will be Kendall Cotner, David Chanley, Shaun Senn, Eugene Land, Jesse Reeder and Jerry Durbin.

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