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Woman dead, 3 arrested following crash in Madison County

A fourth suspect is not in custody, sheriff said
More deputies needed to combat Madison Co. crime
Posted at 5:58 AM, Jan 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-19 23:29:04-05

MADISON COUNTY — A 19-year-old woman died in a crash early Sunday morning in Madison County.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office said three people are in custody and another is on the run after a crash that killed Sophie Darlene Robbins, of Dunkirk, around 4:30 a.m. Sunday on County Road 200 just east of State Road 67.

Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger said in an email that Robbins was driving a white SUV that was either following or being followed by a red four-door passenger car with the four suspects.

According to information from the sheriff's office, the suspects said they and Robbins frequently get together and hang out late at night and sometimes drive recklessly to show off for one another.

Sophie Darlene Robbins, 19, of Dunkirk, died in a crash in Madison County on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.

The vehicles were traveling eastbound on 38th Street in Madison County when Robbins lost control of her SUV where 38th Street turns into County Road 200 South. The SUV left the roadway and rolled multiple times, ejecting Robbins in the driveway of a house on State Road 200 South.

Mellinger said the four suspects allegedly witnessed the crash but fled the scene and did not call police.

Police arrested an 18-year-old man, a 19-year-old man and a juvenile, while the sheriff's office said the fourth person is on the run. All four suspects live in Anderson.

The 18-year-old was arrested on felony charges of failure to report an accident resulting in death and criminal recklessness resulting in death, along with misdemeanor false informing. The 19-year-old faces a felony charge of failure to report an accident resulting in death. The juvenile was arrested on a charge of failure to report an accident resulting in death.

At least one person who lives in the area sent police video footage from his security cameras, Mellinger said.

Mellinger said the investigation continues, and anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 765-649-8310 or Detective Brad Oster at 765-646-9281.