Crash kills Loogootee teen

From local sources

LOOGOOTEE — A Loogootee teen was killed and his younger brother injured when the car they occupied crashed into a tree Sunday morning on Daviess County Road 1200E near West Boggs Lake.

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department said several 911 calls were received at 9:03 a.m. regarding the single-vehicle accident. The callers said two people were injured and one was trapped in the vehicle that had struck a tree head-on.

Brandon K. Wagler, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene from massive chest injuries, according to Daviess County Coroner Laura Petty. Wagler’s 12-year-old brother, Jacob Wagler, was taken to Daviess Community Hospital by personal vehicle where he was treated for cuts and bruises and released, according to the sheriff’s department.

Police said Brandon Wagler was northbound on the county road in a 2002 Lincoln LSE sedan at the time of the crash. He was attempting to pass another vehicle when the car hydroplaned on the wet roadway and he lost control, according to authorities. The car left the roadway and struck the tree.

Brandon Wagler was a 2013 graduate of Barr-Reeve High School where, police said, he was valedictorian and an outstanding athlete for the Vikings’ basketball and baseball teams.

The volunteer fire departments from Cannelburg and Montgomery and Southwest Medical Service assisted.

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