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Jason W. Burke

A Corydon man was killed Friday night, Sept. 14, when his pickup ran off the road and hit a tree.
Jason W. Burke, 21, was traveling west on S.R. 62 when he went off the right side of the road, according to Officer John Dismang of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
Evidence indicates that Burke traveled about 99 feet, then got back on the road with the vehicle facing southeast.
Burke’s Ford Ranger slid about 137 more feet, crossing S.R. 62, before it went off the south side of the road, about 500 feet east of S.R. 462, police said. The truck went another 115 feet before the passenger side hit a large tree about 7 p.m.
Police said Burke was not wearing a seat belt but the vehicle’s air bag deployed.
Harrison County Deputy Coroner Chad Cesar said Burke died at the scene from massive head injuries.
Burke was a native of Corydon, born Dec. 18, 1979, the son of Larry W. and Sherry D. Gibson Burke.
He worked at Whittenburg Construction in New Albany and was a member of the Laborer’s Union in New Albany.
Survivors besides his parents include his grandparents, Burt and Eugina Burke of Corydon and Dorothy Gibson of Central; two sisters, Tawyna Watson and Kirista Burke, both of Corydon, and his girlfriend, Tonya Bourland of Corydon.
The funeral was Monday, Sept. 17, at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon followed by burial in the Central Cemetery. The Rev. Stan Mohler officiated. Paula Ripperdan was vocalist.
Pallbearers were Joey McCarty, Adam Hill, Jeremy Bourland, Roger and Jimmy Gibson, and Darrell Yonts.

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