Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

April 12, 2013

Drivers were not racing

Diane Raver
The Herald-Tribune

BATESVILLE — The March 7 accident that killed three South Ripley High School students and injured three others is still under investigation.

A 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 driven by Thomas Crawford, 17, Dillsboro, was eastbound on Fairgrounds Road and a 1996 Ford F-250 pickup driven by Timothy Bowman, 17, Osgood, was northbound on County Road 850 West when they impacted, according to an Indiana State Police press release.

As of Friday morning, April 12, Sgt. Noel Houze, ISP Versailles District public information officer, reported, “There is nothing to indicate they (the two truck drivers) were racing .... At the time of impact, the speed of the Dodge was 75-81 mph and the Ford was going 26-28 mph .... but both pickup trucks blew the intersection,” not stopping.

There were also conflicting statements from the survivors, according to Houze. The trooper believes this was due to where they were seated in the vehicles.

“No charges have been filed yet. (Ripley County prosecutor) Ric Hertel has the report. He has had a couple meetings and is deciding what to do,” Houze revealed.