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1 killed, 3 injured in separate crashes


June 04, 2014 | 10:16 AM

Three separate vehicular crashes left one teenager dead and three others injured this past weekend.

In the first incident, a teen was killed and a driver seriously injured Saturday in northeastern Harrison County.

Chase Brannon, 17, who was a junior at Floyd Central High School, was a passenger in a parted-out, 1988 green Suzuki Samurai, a four-wheel drive vehicle, that was driven by 19-year-old Tyler Baird.

According to the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept. and statements from Baird, the Samurai's steering failed, causing the vehicle to run off of Tee Road, near Big Indian Road, up an embankment and strike a tree. The vehicle then flipped, ejecting Brannon, and went across the road, where it struck a second tree.

Brannon was pronounced dead at the scene, while Baird, who had graduated from Lanesville Junior-Senior High School the previous night, was transported to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon with non-life threatening injuries.

On Sunday, Indiana Conservation Officers investigated two separate injury ATV crashes, one in Harrison County and the other in Washington County.

Shortly after midnight, conservation officers responded to Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany regarding a victim from Washington County when they learned of a second crash victim from Harrison County.

The Harrison County crash involved Cody Eastridge, 17, of Elizabeth and occurred on Stuckey Road outside of Elizabeth.

A preliminary investigation indicates that Eastridge was traveling at a high rate of speed on an unregistered off-road motorcycle when he lost control and flipped, resulting in a fractured skull and head trauma.

Possible charges are pending as a result.

The Washington County incident involving Jeremy Gilbert, 36, of Salem, occurred on Ramsey Lane near Pekin. According to officials, Gilbert was crossing a field when he lost control and flipped over an embankment, causing injuries to his ankle and head; alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor, according to conservation officers.

Neither Gilbert nor Eastridge was wearing a helmet or safety equipment.

Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage riders to always wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV.

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