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Boone Co. police respond Friday to 2 fatal crashes

C’ville man killed in first crash

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A Crawfordsville man died Friday in a single-vehicle crash in Boone County.

At approximately 2:45 a.m., the Boone County Communications Center received a phone call from a good Samaritan stating they had located a single-vehicle accident in the area of C.R. 300S and C.R. 1200W.

Upon law enforcement’s arrival, a silver Nissan passenger car was found crashed into a tree. The preliminary investigation indicates the driver, Christopher Harris, 23, of Crawfordsville was traveling westbound in the 12000 block of C.R. 300S when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway striking a tree. Harris was deceased upon law enforcement’s arrival.

This incident is still under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

Jamestown and Thorntown police departments, Boone County Coroner’s Office, Advance Fire Department and Witham Emergency Medical Services assisted at that crash scene.

Another single-vehicle crash involving a SUV a few hours later in Boone County, claimed the lives of two people and injured four others. That crash happened around 5:30 a.m. on State Road 32 near C.R. 650E following a police chase that started in Lawrence.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen said according to preliminary information gathered at the scene, a 14-year-old girl and the male driver were killed in the crash. Authorities are still trying to identify the driver and their age. Four others — two 12-year-olds, a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old — were injured and taken to area hospitals, Nielsen said. Their conditions aren’t clear.

Boone County officials said the pursuit began in Lawrence due to traffic related “infractions” and the chase was terminated somewhere on Interstate 65.

LPD Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff said Lawrence officers weren’t in an “active pursuit” when the crash occurred. No Boone County deputies were involved in the chase.

“I’ve done this job for 38 years and it’s never easy,” Nielsen said. “It’s always hard and those folks, those first responders that had to respond to this today, have to live with that for the rest of their life. They’ll never be able to unsee what they saw.”

 

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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