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Taylor High School junior dies in early morning car accident

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Sep 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-20 15:55:44-04

KOKOMO — A 16-year-old Taylor High School junior died early Sunday morning after a single-vehicle accident.

It happened around 4 a.m. near the intersection of State Road 22 and 1000 East.

The Howard County Sheriff's Office says three people were in a vehicle on State Road 22 when it left the roadway, hit a utility pole and rolled into a field.

Deputies say Johnathon McKoon was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. The condition of the other two people is unknown, but both were conscious on the scene.

"Early Sunday morning, Taylor High School junior Johnathon McKoon passed away in a tragic automobile accident. Johnathon was a member of the Taylor football team, a wrestler, a brother, a son, and an amazing young man," Taylor High School principal Steve Dishon said in a statement. "Johnathon meant so much to so many people. He lived life to the fullest and was a shining example of how to live life as a young man."

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant C. Cramer at 765-614-3474 or the Howard County Coroner's Office at 765-457-1186.