Girl, 11, dies in ATV wreck
A Lanesville girl was killed and a classmate seriously injured Saturday afternoon, March 15, when the all-terrain vehicle on which they were riding crashed through a fence in Floyd County.
Ashley Mariah Andres, 11, a sixth grader at Georgetown Elementary School, died at the scene, said Indiana Conservation Officer Mac Spainhour. Shelby Riley, 12, was in serious condition Sunday with a lacerated liver, he said.
Ashley, Shelby and 11-year-old Rose Frommelt, also a sixth grader at Georgetown, had been taking turns driving the ATV, which is owned by Donald Andres, Ashley’s father, in a pasture near Brush College Road. The property is owned by Ashley’s grandmother, Catherine Andres of Floyds Knobs.
Rose was driving when the crash occurred about 3 p.m., Spainhour said. The two other girls were sitting sideways – one with her legs on the right side and the other with her legs on the left side – on the ATV behind her.
After the Honda 450 ATV went through the woven-wire fence, the girls may have been thrown from the four-wheeler when it hit a slight bump in the ground, Spainhour said.
Spainhour was unsure who called 911 but said that Ashley’s father was fishing in a nearby pond in the field and heard the crash.
STATCARE air ambulance was called to the scene, Spainhour said, but Ashley had already been pronounced dead by the time they arrived.
Shelby and Rose were taken by ambulance to Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany, the officer said. Rose was treated and released for cuts and bruises. Due to her injuries, Shelby was transferred to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Spainhour said.
None of the girls was wearing any type of safety gear, Spainhour said. He does not expect any charges to be filed.
Ashley attended St. Mary Catholic Church and Georgetown Christian Church.
Other survivors besides her father and grandmother include her mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Douglas Owen of Marengo, and her stepmother, Brenda Andres of Lanesville; a brother, Anthony Wieger of Marengo; two sisters, Samantha Owen of Marengo and Amy Landenwich of Louisville; and grandparents, Rosemary Benton and Marion T. Radcliff, both of Ocala, Fla., Owen Effie of Georgetown and Irvin Rosenberger of Starlight.
Visitation: Wednesday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday, March 20, after 8 a.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown.
Funeral: Thursday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with burial in St. Mary’s of the Knobs Cemetery.