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3 teens die Saturday in vehicle crash

Three former Floyd Central High School students died early Saturday morning when the car they were riding in collided with a sport utility vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 31 and S.R. 356 near Scottsburg.
Timothy Brunmeier, 19, of Georgetown, Cory Emerson, 18, of Greenville and Juliane Kraus, 19, a visitor from Germany, were killed in the crash which occurred just after midnight.
The teens were riding in a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Robert Henderson, 18, of Floyds Knobs. Henderson, also a former student at Floyd Central, suffered injuries in the crash, none of which were believed to be life-threatening.
According to reports from the Scott County Sheriff’s Dept., the Volkswagen Jetta was traveling west on S.R. 356. Investigators at the scene reported that there were no skid marks and that it appeared that the Jetta drove through the intersection without stopping.
A Chevrolet Blazer driven by Michael Asher, 22, of Scottsburg was traveling north on U.S. 31 and, according to Asher, the Jetta did not stop at the stop sign and was struck by the Blazer as the two vehicles entered the intersection.
Both Kraus and Emerson were pronounced dead at the scene by Scott County Deputy Coroner Kevin Collins. Brunmeier was taken by STATCARE air ambulance to University Hospital in Louisville where he died at 1:30 a.m.
Asher and two passengers in the Blazer suffered injuries, none of which were life-threatening. Scott County Sheriff John Lizenby said there was no indication that alcohol was a factor in the accident, but toxicology tests would be performed. An investigation is continuing.
Brunmeier graduated from Floyd Central in 2006, and both Emerson and Henderson graduated from the school in 2007. Kraus was an exchange student from Germany and attended Floyd Central in 2006 as a junior. She had recently returned to the United States to visit a family in the Floyd Knobs area and was scheduled to depart for Germany on Sunday.
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Timothy Howard (Tim) Brunmeier was born Sept. 28, 1987 in Winfield, Ill., the son of Dan and Tess Gitter Brunmeier of Georgetown.
He was a member of Trinity Assembly of God in Corydon and Northside Christian Church in New Albany, an employee of Target, an assistant drum instructor of the Scottsburg High School marching band, a student at Indiana University Southeast, a former member of Floyd Central Marching Highlanders, was active in the Floyd Central theater department and was a 2006 Project Excel award winner.
He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Myra Brunmeier.
Survivors besides his parents include three brothers, David, Jon and Derek Brunmeier; a sister, Beth Brunmeier; his grandparents, Thomas and Louise Gitter and Howard Brunmeier, all of Madison, Wis.
The funeral was yesterday (Tuesday) at Northside Christian Church in New Albany. Generations Funeral Home in New Albany handled arrangements.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Teen Challenge of Louisville or the Floyd Central High School Marching Highlanders.
Cory Michael Emerson was born March 31, 1989, and played guitar in several small bands.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Launa Siltz.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Mike Emerson and Rhonda Greenwell of New Albany; his mother and stepfather, Dina and Kenny Burke of Greenville; two brothers, Zach Emerson of New Albany and Gehrid Hensley of Greenville; two sisters, Bethany Emerson of Greenville and Emily Emerson of New Albany; his grandparents, Phyllis and Roy Emerson of Georgetown; and two great-grandmothers, Norma (Nana) Sutherland and Dorothy Siltz, both of Georgetown.
Visitation was yesterday (Tuesday) and will be today after 9 a.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown.
The funeral will be today at 11 a.m. at the funeral home followed by burial in Wolfe Cemetery in Georgetown. Pallbearers will be Robert Henderson, Seth Tanner, Laren Rapp, Tyler Stiller, Jason Jeffries and Scott Gritton.
Funeral arrangements for Juliane Kraus were not available at press time but her body was to be transported to Germany.

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