• Drugs and alcohol said to be contributors in crash that killed Brownsburg teen

    May 21, 2012 No comments

    A tragic single car crash Saturday morning claimed the life of a Brownsburg High School senior. 18-year-old Nathan Gentry was killed when the Pontiac Grand Am he was riding in with four other teenagers crashed into a tree in the 6900 block of County Road 550 E. near the West Chase golf course northwest of Brownsburg.

    Three others remained hospitalized on Sunday. The driver, 17-year-old Christopher Hubbard along with passenger’s 18-year-old Sean Bloomquist and 16-year-old Taylor LaMonte. 16-year-old Ian Cherco was released from the hospital on Sunday.

    Detective Sgt. Jennifer Pyatt-Barrett of the Brownsburg Police Department said that Bloomquist, who was the only one wearing a seatbelt, was in critical condition Sunday at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. LaMonte and Hubbard were both transported to Wishard Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.

    Gentry died after suffering massive head injuries. He was planning on attending Indiana University in the fall. Gentry graduated in December from Brownsburg High School. He’d been a boy scout and a wrestler in high school.

    Gentry, Hubbard and LaMonte attended Brownsburg High School where counselors and clergy were on hand Sunday to help several dozen students deal with their grief.

    Cherco and Bloomquist attended Tri-West High School.

    An initial investigation has determined that marijuana and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

    Pyatt-Barrett said, “Based on statements taken from the occupants of the vehicle, witness accounts and evidence collected thus far, it is believed that marijuana, alcohol and excessive speed may have been contributing factors in the crash.”

    Those contributing factors could lead to charges being brought by the Hendricks County prosecutor.

    Pyatt-Barrett said police would send the case to the Hendricks County prosecutor once toxicology test results come back.

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