Two-car collision claims life of one, injures two others

Fire and ambulance vehicles file photo (Photo courtesy WANE News)
Fire and ambulance vehicles file photo (Photo courtesy WANE News)

BARTHOLOMEW, Ind. (WISH) – A two-car collision claimed the life of a Columbus man and injured two others Thursday morning.

According to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the crash happened in the intersection of State Road 46 and 250 East around 11:38 a.m.

A nearby business provided officers with video footage of the crash. It also shows a third vehicle may have caused it.

Police said the third vehicle is a faded red Chevrolet S-10 or GMC Sonoma. They said the vehicle was driving left of the center and may have caused a 1998 Buick passenger car in the northbound lanes to enter the path of a 2006 Pontiac passenger car in the southbound lanes.

The Buick was driven by 54-year-old Rex Money of Columbus, and the Pontiac was driven by 25-year-old Cassandra Smith of Brownstown.

William Decker, 19 of Brownstown and Amanda Strode, 26 of Seymour, were passengers in Smith’s vehicle.

The two vehicles collided head-on and both drivers had to be extracted by medics. Smith was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital. Strode was flown to Indianapolis by Lifeline, and Decker was not injured. Money later died form his injuries.

If you have any information about the third vehicle, you are asked to call Investigator Deputy Kevin Abner at 812-379-1650 or the tip line at 812-379-1712 or email sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov.

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