Five people killed in Scott County crash

The 16-year-old female who was killed in Friday morning’s fatal crash has been identified as Sarah Starling of New Albany, Indiana. The original news release is listed below.

Five people were killed in a one-vehicle crash early Friday morning in Scott County.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash on North Main Street near Rose Walk Road, just north of Scottsburg at about 2 a.m. Officers found an SUV in a field on the east side of the roadway. The vehicle had extensive damage and multiple occupants had been ejected.

The sheriff’s department requested the help of Indiana State Police crash investigators who assumed the investigation. Two of the seven occupants were trapped inside the vehicle requiring extrication before being rushed to Scott County Memorial Hospital. Both were later flown to University of Louisville Hospital and are in stable condition.

A preliminary investigation reveals that the SUV, for an unknown reason, left the east side of roadway at a high rate of speed. It overturned several times before coming to rest. None of the seven occupants were wearing a seatbelt, and all five of the ejected occupants were pronounced dead on the scene.

The deceased have been identified as:
– Sarah Starling, 16, New Albany
– Jeremiah James Akers, 18, Deputy
– Christopher Paul Dry, 18, Indianapolis
– Wandella Marie Brown, 22, Austin
– Elizabeth Michelle Wagner, 20, Lexington, Indiana.

It is believed Wandella Brown was the driver at the time of the crash.

State Police say that 20-year-old Adam Wayne Parker, of Austin and 21-year-old Shelby Lynn Griffin, of Dalhart, Texas have been hospitalized.

The investigation is ongoing.