Putnam County -- A second Clay County teenager was killed in a Saturday morning traffic accident in Putnam County.
Indiana State Police officials do not know why Cody Wright, 18, was driving 117 mph in a marked 45 mph speed zone near Putnamville on United States 40 around 10:40 a.m. Saturday morning, or why he continued accelerating to a speed of 129 mph as he approached the Clay/Putnam County line.
Wright turned his 1992 Chevrolet Camaro south on County Road 500 East (CR 900 West in Putnam County) at approximately 85 to 90 mph on the two-lane blacktop road, which has numerous rolling hills.
Approximately two miles south of US 40, Wright lost control as his vehicle topped a small hill and went off the east side of the road. The vehicle went up an embankment, became airborne, struck several trees and landed on its wheels in a 20-foot ravine. Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionists located a tree, which had been struck by the airborne vehicle 20 feet above the ravine, and a 17-inch circumference tree that was broken in half, 15 feet above the ravine.
Although both occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts, due to the extreme speed and severity of this crash they could not prevent the blunt force injuries to the Wright and a passenger, Brandee N. Siples, 17, Brazil.
Wright was transported to Indianapolis Wishard Hospital with possible internal and head injuries by an air ambulance, where he is listed in fair condition.
Putnam County Coroner Thomas Miller pronounced Siples dead at the scene from injuries sustained during the accident.
This is the second teenage fatality due to a traffic accident in Clay County in the past 24 hours.
One juvenile was killed and two others were injured in an apparent failure to yield accident Friday evening just north of the intersection of Kennedy Crossing Road and County Road 950 North.
In a press release Saturday morning, Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Brison Swearingen confirmed there were three juveniles involved in the accident, but said their names are being withheld at this time pending the ongoing investigation and official notification of the families involved.