Thursday, April 10, 2003

Woman, 31, found dead in pickup submerged in river



The Cincinnati Enquirer

WARSAW - The body of a 31-year-old local woman was discovered Tuesday morning in a four-wheel-drive pickup, which was found partially submerged in the Ohio River.

The 1997 Toyota Tacoma was driven by Petra Bernhoft.

Shortly before 10 a.m., a barge operator spotted the truck in water just deep enough to cover the bottom half of the vehicle, said Gallatin County Deputy Sheriff Josh Neale.

He said Bernhoft's vehicle left the right shoulder of U.S. 42, about 11/2 miles east of Warsaw, as she traveled westbound sometime after 11 p.m. Monday.

Bernhoft did not drown but is believed to have died from injuries from the accident, Neale said.

Speed and the condition of the road were contributing factors to the accident, he said.




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