• Brownsburg High School teen dies in crash

    May 20, 2012 No comments

    (Courtesy WTHR-TV) BROWNSBURG – A teenager was killed and four other teens injured in a crash west of Brownsburg Saturday morning.

    Brownsburg officers were dispatched to the 6900 block of County Road 550 East on the report of serious personal injury accident with entrapment. Officers arrived and found a single vehicle that had struck a tree with five occupants in the vehicle.

    All passengers in the car were transported to hospitals. The passengers’ ages ranged from 16-18 years of age.

    “Three of them are listed as stable, one is critical and then the other one is deceased,” said Brownsburg Police Sgt. April Hyde.

    From what police know so far, the car was going too fast as it came into the corner, the tires lost grip with the road after hitting loose gravel, which started the car on a spin before hitting the tree.

    “I have never seen them wrapped around like that before,” said Donna Roberts, who has lived on the road for decades. “In the 50s, my dad and the man who lived in the house just south paid to have the road blacktopped.”

    For 60-plus years, the road has, more or less, remained the same. There are no center lines or lines marking the shoulder. One thing that has changed over the years, according to Roberts, is the speed of the cars. She has been witness to the aftermath of several crashes, though none as bad as Saturday’s, she says it is time for a change.

    “A curve is a curve. It has been there a long time, but signs that say ‘Yes, it is a curve.’ Lower the speed limit through there, paint yellow lines down through the middle, make it a little straighter or a little broader somehow,” Roberts said.

    While police are investigating why and how the car crashed, friends of the victims have been flooding Facebook with condolences. Police have not released the names of the victims, but Eyewitness News has learned at least one of them is awake and talking at the hospital.

    The Brownsburg Community School Corporation will have counselors and clergy available at Brownsburg High School today from 1-3 pm.

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