Police release ID of second Martin County fatal victim


LOOGOOTEE — Authorities have now released the identities of both men killed in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on U.S. 231 near West Boggs Lake.

Indiana State Police had reported Wednesday that Kevin Sears, 60, Odon, was killed in the 8:20 a.m. crash north of Loogootee. Today, police said John Brett, 35, Shoals, a passenger in the car struck by Sears’ vehicle, was the other victim.

Sears was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2002 Honda Civic when the crash occurred near Martin County Road 700N, which is north of West Boggs Lake.

Police said Sears’ Civic veered for an unknown reason into the southbound land and directly into the path of a 2008 Dodge Avenger driven by 29-year-old Zachary Greene of Loogootee.

Police say Sears’ Honda struck Greene’s Stratus, coming to a stop almost immediately.

Sears was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Martin County Coroner.

Greene and Brett, who was a front-seat passenger,  were both transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper.  Brett was transferred to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, where police said he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Greene was treated for injuries to his legs and ankle, according to authorities. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

All three vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to police.

The accident, which closed down U.S. 231 until the scene was cleared, remains under investigation by Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists.

State police were assisted by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Martin County Emergency Medical Services, the Loogootee Volunteer Fire Department and Southwest Medical.

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