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Cause of crash that killed 4 teens still unclear

Posted at 8:04 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 19:15:08-05

MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. -- Police are waiting for accident reconstruction results and autopsies before determining what caused a crash that killed four teenagers Wednesday night near Waverly.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. near the intersection of State Road 37 and Big Bend Road.

Indiana State Police said a Ford Taurus traveling northbound on State Road 37 crossed over the median for an unknown reason and struck a southbound Honda Odyssey.

Four teenagers inside the Taurus were killed.  They were all from Brownsburg: 

  • Mathew Chambers, 17
  • Lucas Kenworthy, 18
  • Noah Tex, 17
  • Riley Hurst, 17

The fifth person in the Taurus, who was taken to Methodist Hospital, was identified as Ryan Rickenbacker, 22, of Brownsburg.

Two adults and two children -- aged 10 and 7 --  inside the Odyssey were also taken to the hospital.

The adults are identified as:

  • David Rose, 46, of Bloomington
  • Kristy Hallback-Rose, 44, of Bloomington

Police say the four killed were not wearing seatbelts. All occupants in the Odyssey, as well as Rickenbacker, were wearing a seatbelt.

Brownsburg Community School Corporation released a statement saying, "We send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families of these students."

Despite school being out for the holidays, counselors were on hand at the high school on Thursday to help students through this difficult time.

People in Brownsburg tell us they are organizing a vigil for the teens who were killed at 7:00 p.m. Sunday in the high school band lot.


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