Most victims identified in crash that killed 5

Photo via Indiana State Police

By The Associated Press

SCOTTSBURG — Police have identified most of the five young people killed after the SUV they were all riding in crashed and overturned multiple times in rural southern Indiana.

Killed today were 18-year-old Christopher Paul Dry of Indianapolis, 22-year-old Wandella Marie Brown of Austin, 20-year-old Elizabeth Michelle Wagner of Lexington, and 18-year-old Jeremiah James Akers of Deputy. Also killed was a 16-year-old girl whose name hasn’t been released.

Two others were injured.

Investigators believe Brown was the driver.

Twenty-year-old Adam Wayne Parker of Austin and 21-year-old Shelby Lynn Griffin of Texas are both in stable condition at University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky.

Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Carey Huls says seven people were in the vehicle when it went off the road early Friday in Scott County near Scottsburg and the injured were taken to University of Louisville Hospital, about 30 miles away. He says several people in the vehicle were ejected.

A preliminary investigation reveals that the Ford Explorer was southbound on Main St. approaching Rose Walk Road. For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the east side of the roadway at an excessive rate of speed. The car overturned several times before coming to rest in an upright position and facing north in a field off the east side of Main Street. 

Police report none of the seven occupants were wearing a seatbelt, and all five of the ejected occupants were pronounced dead on the scene.

This crash is still under investigation. Family members of the deceased have been notified.

Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists were assisted by units from the Scott County Sheriff's Department, the Scottsburg Fire Department, Scott County EMS, the Austin Police Department and the Scott County Coroner.




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