(Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police)
(Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police)

Two teenagers were killed Thursday afternoon and a third seriously injured when their vehicle crashed after fleeing an attempted police stop, Indiana State Police reported Friday morning.

The initial investigation by Indiana State Police-Versailles detectives indicated the vehicle, which was driven by Blake S. Coombs, 18, of Madison, fled from the officer northbound on State Road 7 from Madison. A front seat passenger, Tyler Cooley, 18, of Hanover, and a backseat passenger, Brooklyn James, 19, of Madison, sustained fatal injuries when the pursuit ended in a crash on S.R. 256 at Thompson Road.

Cooley and James were both dead at the scene. Coombs was airlifted to a Louisville-area hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries.

Shortly before 4 p.m., a Madison Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2005 Toyota passenger car in Madison, ISP said.

The Indiana State Police and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department assisted Madison Police in pursuing the vehicle.

The vehicle turned westbound on State Road 250, southbound on State Road 3, and then eastbound on State Road 256 back toward Madison.

Coombs lost control of the vehicle on S.R. 256 at Thompson Road. The vehicle left the roadway, striking two utility poles on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Coombs, who also went by the name Blake Eisenhower, was unlicensed at the time of the crash.

Detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post assumed the lead role in the investigation and the ISP-Versailles Post Crash Reconstruction Team investigated the crash. A crime scene investigator from the ISP-Sellersburg Post also assisted.

Duke Energy reported an outage in the Kent area that started at 4:16 p.m. on the company’s outage map. The map showed 679 customers without power at 6:07 p.m., but that number had dropped to 240 as of 7 p.m. and power was restored by Friday morning.

The investigation is ongoing. State Road 256 remained closed for about seven hours for the investigation and crash cleanup.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Madison Police Department, Hanover Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Madison Fire Department, Hanover Fire Department, King’s Daughters’ EMS, Air Methods Medical Helicopter, Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, Duke Energy, and Stanley’s Wrecker Service.


Tragedy cancels Southwestern homecoming



Southwestern High School has canceled tonight’s basketball game against South Decatur — which was also the Rebels’ homecoming — due to the death of one of its student in a car crash Thursday afternoon on SR 256 at Thompson Road.

Tyler Cooley, 18, of Hanover, was a passenger in a car crash that killed two passengers and seriously injured the driver. Cooley was a senior at Southwestern.

Athletic Director Tom Scroggins issued the following statement: “Due to the tragic death of one of our students, Southwestern has canceled all activities for today, and that includes our homecoming game tonight vs. South Decatur. We will try and make this game up, but do not have a date at this time.”

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