fatal crash

After colliding, both vehicles left the road before coming to rest.

The Indiana State Police and Ripley County Sheriff’s Department investigated a two-vehicle crash Nov. 13 at about 4 p.m. near Holton that resulted in the death of a Columbus woman, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, ISP Versailles District public information officer.

The initial investigation indicated that a black 2014 Buick Verano, being driven by Marion Harding, 21, Holton, was traveling northbound on Michigan Road at U.S. 50. Harding’s vehicle failed to yield to a red 2010 Nissan Rogue being driven by Craig Schneckenberger, 62, Columbus, that was traveling westbound on U.S. 50. Harding’s vehicle entered onto U.S. 50 into the path of Schneckenberger’s vehicle, which struck Harding’s vehicle’s passenger side.

Harding along with front seat passenger Minor Adams, 77, were transported by air ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. A 16-year-old backseat passenger was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Schneckenberger was airlifted to Indiana University Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, for treatment of serious injuries. Front seat passenger Sally Schneckenberger, 61, Columbus, was transported by ambulance to King’s Daughters’ Health, Madison, where she passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Toxicology results on both drivers are pending.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by RCSD Sgt. Herbert Houseworth, along with Troopers Andrew Garrett and Matthew Holley, Indiana State Police Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team.

The two agencies were assisted at the scene by the Osgood Police Department; Ripley County EMS; Sunman Rescue 20; Jennings County EMS; Versailles and Holton fire departments; Air Methods, Stat Flight and IU Health medical helicopters.

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