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February 2, 2012

Crash claims one

Five others injured in afternoon wreck at rural intersection

Kokomo — A 21-year-old Sharpsville woman died at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 31 near the Tipton-Howard county line, which was one of two serious crashes in Howard County Thursday.

Darian Davis was pronounced dead at the scene of the first wreck at 3:48 a.m. on U.S. 31. according to Indiana State Police. Roughly 12 hours later, five people were injured in a second crash, including two who had to be air-lifted from the scene.

A preliminary investigation of the first wreck, which was conducted by ISP Trooper Wendell Beachy, determined Davis was traveling north on U.S. 31 near 500 South in Howard County when she apparently lost control of the 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee she was driving.

According to a ISP news release, the investigation showed Davis was driving at a high rate of speed when the right-side tires of the Jeep traveled partially off the east side of U.S. 31. The vehicle then flipped at least four times, according to police.

Davis, who police say was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the Jeep onto U.S. 31. She was then struck by a semi-tractor pulling a box trailer, according to the news release.

Witnesses told police a semi-tractor pulling a box trailer had driven through the debris field shortly after the crash. However, the driver of the semi was not identified by police and investigators aren’t sure if the driver was aware that the truck struck Davis.

The investigation indicated that Davis likely died from injuries suffered in the crash and not from being struck by the semi, according to the release.

Then, at 2:23 p.m., the Howard County Sheriff Department received a call for the second crash at the intersection of 600 West and 400 North. When deputies arrived, they found two vehicles in a farm field at the northwest corner of the intersection.

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