Brownstown couple sustain injuries in 2-vehicle accident

Tribune staff reports

A Brownstown couple sustained injuries after they were involved in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in the Honeytown area.

Joella E. Gallion, 74, was driving a gold 2010 Dodge Avenger west on County Road 300N around 2:30 p.m. when she ran a stop sign at the intersection with County Road 25E, according to Officer Dustin Steward with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The car was struck on the passenger side by a black 2016 GMC Denali, driven by Michael James Svestka, 38, of Highland, Michigan. Svestka was heading south on County Road 25E.

Gallion’s vehicle ended up in a field with damage to the passenger side and front end, and Svestka’s vehicle sustained front-end damage after striking Gallion’s car and then hitting a guardrail head-on, Steward said.

Gallion and her husband, Joseph G. Gallion, 77, who was in the passenger seat of the car, were transported from the scene by ambulance with a complaint of back and chest pain. Joseph Gallion also had facial bleeding from the car’s busted window, Steward said.

Svestka and his passengers, Joshua Collin Brown, 26, of Lafayette and Tyler Adam Brown, 25, of Hyrum, Utah, were not injured, Steward said.

Steward was assisted by county Officer Shane Collier, Brownstown Police Department Officer Ben Cramer, Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department.