Driver sentenced to six years behind bars for fatal crash

Mug shot of Andrew Serafini (Photo courtesy the Wells County Sheriff's Department)

BLUFFTON, Ind. (WANE) – An Ossian man police say was driving more than 100 mph before a crash that killed two Norwell High School students learned his punishment Wednesday.

Police said Andrew Serafini, who was 19 at the time, had been drinking when he lost control of his 2006 Chevy Equinox on County Road 900 North and ended up in a ditch on October 14, 2014.

Johnny Kidwell, 18, who had been sitting in the rear seat on the passenger’s side and James McCune, 17, who was sitting in the front passenger seat were both pronounced dead at the scene. A third passenger, Abbagail Harris, 19, was sitting in the rear seat on the driver’s side and survived the crash. The passengers were all wearing seat belts.

According to court documents, Serafini and Harris started drinking at 10 a.m. at McCune’s home, as McCune’s parents were not there. At around 2:30 that afternoon McCune arrived home from school and started drinking with the other two. The group then left the home and and picked up Johnny Kidwell. The crash happened at about 5 p.m.

WISH-TV sister station WANE News reported the analysis of a blood sample taken from Serafini at the hospital indicated he had a BAC of .156%, which is well over Indiana’s legal limit of .08.

On Wednesday, Serafini, now 20-years-old, was sentenced to six years in prison. In January, he pleaded guilty to two level 5 felony counts of causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more. Charges of reckless homicide, illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage and speeding were all dismissed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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