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Separate crashes claim 2 lives

Two people were killed last week in separate single-vehicle crashes in Harrison County.
The first occurred Monday morning on Interstate 64 near the 101-mile marker.
Larry J. Hunt, 41, English, who was driving east, over-corrected his green 2000 Mercury Mountaineer and went across both lanes of travel and into the median at about 10:50 a.m., according to a crash report from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
Three witnesses, who also were traveling east on I-64, told police that Hunt’s vehicle started to move into the fast lane then went to the right into the emergency lane before overcorrecting and going across both east-bound lanes of traffic. They said the Mountaineer then went into the median and rolled several times before coming to a rest facing west in the median.
The front-seat passenger, Kristen L. Hunt, 27, wife of the Mountaineer’s driver, was ejected. She was transported to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead the following day.
Police said neither Kristen Hunt nor Larry Hunt was wearing a seat belt.
Two passengers in the Mountaineer ‘ Thomas Crecelius, 7, and Jerry S. Jones, 4, both of English, were in child-restraint seats and reportedly had shoulder and upper arm pain.
Larry Hunt, who had a fractured or dislocated pelvis, was transported by ambulance to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon.
According to the crash report by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., he told police he did not remember what happened.
The second crash, also involving just one vehicle, occurred at about 11:20 that night on August Yocum Lane east of Corydon near S.R. 62.
Samuel Smith, 17, of Corydon, was driving a white 2003 Ford Expedition Eddie at the time. He told officers with the sheriff’s department that he was probably driving too fast and, after cresting a hill, lost control of the vehicle, which began to skid sideways then struck a brick mailbox at the rear-passenger door and continued to slide until coming to rest in a field.
Macenzie N. Meek, 17, of Corydon, who was sitting in the rear-passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the crash report, she was wearing a seat belt and was trapped in the vehicle.
Smith, who was not wearing a seat belt, had minor bleeding to at least one of his arms. He was transported to the hospital for treatment, the report stated.
Two other passengers in the vehicle, Destiny A. Reed, 17, and Kyle R. Bradford, 18, both of Corydon, also were injured.
Reed, who was sitting in the front seat and wearing a seat belt, complained of all-over body pain, and Bradford, who was sitting in the rear driver’s side seat but not wearing a seat belt, had minor bleeding to one arm.