Martinsville principal resigns after May ATV crash

(Provided Photo/Johnson County Sheriff's Department)

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The principal of a Martinsville school charged in an ATV crash that injured his passenger has resigned.

Officials tell 24-Hour News 8 that Peter Jochim resigned as principal of Central Elementary by choice.

“My choice to resign was in the works before the incident in May,” Jochim said in a phone interview with 24-Hour News 8.

Jochim is charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor, in the May crash in Morgantown. According to Indiana Conservation Officers, Jochim made a sharp turn that threw 32-year-old Kristina Koons from the vehicle. Koons – a teacher’s aide – suffered a head injury in the accident. Jochim was arrested for operating the ATV under the influence of alcohol.

The job opportunity Jochim is leaving for was presented to him in October, he said, adding he felt no pressure from anyone to resign. He said he’d miss the students, staff and parents he’s worked with for eight years.

“It’s truly difficult to walk away,” Jochim said.

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