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From Indiana State Police and Scott County Sheriff

A Deputy man, Jeremiah James Akers, 18, and a Lexington woman, Elizabeth Michelle Wagner, 20, were killed about 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 with three others in a single-vehicle accident just north of Scottsburg.

Two other occupants of a Black 2002 Ford Explorer were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated. The injured were taken to Scott County Memorial Hospital and later flown to University of Louisville Hospital, where they are reported in stable condition.

The four deceased adult occupants were Akers, Wagner, Christopher Paul Dry, 18, Indianapolis, and Wandella Marie Brown, 22, Austin. It is believed Wandella Brown was the driver at the time of the crash. The fifth victim, a 16-year-old female, was Sarah Starling of New Albany.

Adam Wayne Parker, 20, of Austin, is the owner of the vehicle. Parker and Shelby Lynn Griffin, 21, of Dalhart, Texas, are at U of L Hospital.

None of the seven occupants was wearing a seatbelt, and all five of the ejected occupants were dead at the scene, police said.

When the Scott County Sheriff’s Department responded about 2 a.m. to the single-vehicle crash on North Main Street near Rose Walk Road, they found the vehicle in a field to the east side of the roadway. There was extensive damage, and multiple occupants had been ejected. The sheriff’s department requested the assistance of Indiana State Police crash investigators who quickly responded and assumed the investigation.

A preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle was southbound on Main St. approaching Rose Walk Road. For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the east side of the roadway at an excessive rate of speed. The car overturned several times before coming to rest in an upright position and facing north in a field off the east side of Main Street.

The crash is still under investigation. Family members of the deceased have been notified.

Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists were assisted by units from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Scottsburg Fire Department, Scott County EMS, the Austin Police Department, and the Scott County Coroner.


Originally posted August 10, 2019 8:58 AM

From Indiana State Police and Scott County Sheriff

A Deputy man, Jeremiah James Akers, 18, and a Lexington woman, Elizabeth Michelle Wagner, 20, were killed about 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 with three others in a single-vehicle accident just north of Scottsburg. Two other occupants of the Black 2002 Ford Explorer were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated. The injured were taken to Scott County Memorial Hospital and later flown to University of Louisville Hospital, where they are reported to be in stable condition.

Four deceased adult occupants have been identified as Akers; Wagner; Christopher Paul Dry, 18, Indianapolis, and Wandella Marie Brown, 22, Austin, Indiana. It is believed Wandella Brown was the driver at the time of the crash. The name of a fifth victim, a 16-year-old female, has not been released.

Adam Wayne Parker, 20, of Austin, Indiana, is the owner of the vehicle. Parker and Shelby Lynn Griffin, 21, of Texas, are at U of L Hospital.

None of the seven occupants was wearing a seatbelt, and all five of the ejected occupants were dead at the scene, police said.

When the Scott County Sheriff’s Department responded about 2 a.m. to the single-vehicle crash on North Main Street near Rose Walk Road, they found the vehicle in a field to the east side of the roadway. There was extensive damage, and multiple occupants had been ejected. The sheriff’s department requested the assistance of Indiana State Police crash investigators who quickly responded and assumed the investigation.

A preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle was southbound on Main St. approaching Rose Walk Road. For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the east side of the roadway at an excessive rate of speed. The car overturned several times before coming to rest in an upright position and facing north in a field off the east side of Main Street.

The crash is still under investigation. Family members of the deceased have been notified.

Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists were assisted by units from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Scottsburg Fire Department, Scott County EMS, the Austin Police Department, and the Scott County Coroner.