All victims identified in crash that killed 5

From Local Sources

SCOTTSBURG — Authorities have released the identities of all five young people killed in a Friday crash near Scottsburg, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.

Two others were injured.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls said the five who died after the SUV they were riding in crashed and overturned multiple times were all from Indiana.

He identified them as Christopher Paul Dry, 18, of Indianapolis; Wandella Marie Brown, 22, of Austin; Elizabeth Michelle Wagner, 20, of Lexington; Jeremiah James Akers, 18, of Deputy; and Sarah Starling, 16, of New Albany.

The sport utility vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed around 2 a.m. in Scott County near Scottsburg. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest in a field, he said. No other vehicles were involved.

Investigators believe Brown was the driver. Huls said no one in the SUV was wearing a seat belt and that each of the five killed were ejected from the vehicle.

“It’s just sad. It appears they were probably a group of friends or at least acquaintances together in one vehicle,” Huls said.

One of the injured is also from Indiana, 20-year-old Adam Wayne Parker of Austin. The other is Shelby Lynn Griffin, 21, of Dalhart, Texas. Both were in stable condition at a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, Huls said.

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