Columbus woman injured; Florida woman dies in Saturday crash

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police.

A Florida woman died and a Columbus woman was seriously injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in Decatur County.

Indiana State Police say that 42-year-old Maria V. Garcia of West Palm Beach, Florida died in the crash at about 2:40 Saturday on State Road 46 near County Road 750W.

61 year old Wanda Lutane of Columbus was driving a minivan westbound on the highway when she crossed the centerline into the path of Garcia’s car, where they hit head-on. All of the occupants of both vehicles were trapped in the wreckage and Garcia’s vehicle rolled over.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Decatur County coroner’s office.

Lutane was taken by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, State Police report.

A 33-year-old passenger in Garcia’s vehicle, Koceila Chaouadi, was also taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital. Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.