Around 9:25 p.m. Friday, dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center were notified of a two-vehicle T-bone collision involving three juveniles near the intersection of County Road 950 North and Kennedy Crossing Road.
According to a press release by the Clay County Sheriff's Department Sunday evening, when officials arrived at the scene, Justin T. White, 16, was outside of his 1998 Ford F-150 pickup truck, but Justin W. Snow, 17, and Gerald "JJ" Bramer, 14, were still inside a 1988 Isuzu pickup truck. Both suffered extensive injuries and were trapped inside the vehicle. Snow was wearing a seatbelt, while Bramer was not.
Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen pronounced Snow dead at the scene.
Members of TransCare medically prepped Bramer at the scene before he was taken to Indianapolis Methodist Hospital by Lifeline air ambulance. As of press time, officials confirmed that Bramer is on a ventilator and listed in critical condition.
White was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by his parents who arrived at the scene.
Indiana State Police Trooper Jim Jackson was contacted to perform the accident reconstruction.
Although a complete report has not been filed at this time, Trooper Jackson's preliminary report to Clay County Deputy Brison Swearingen determined that Snow failed to yield the right-of-way to White while he was attempting to turn south from CR 950 N onto Kennedy Crossing Road.
Members of the Brazil City Police Department, Dick Johnson and Posey Volunteer Fire Departments, Clay County Search and Rescue and Trans-Care also assisted at the scene Friday evening.
A little more than 13 hours later, Brandee N. Siples, 17, Brazil, was killed in an accident at the Clay/Putnam County line.
Around 10:40 a.m., Saturday morning, Indiana State Police officials "clocked" Cody Wright, 18, driving a 1992 Chevrolet Camaro at 117 mph in a marked 45 mph speed zone near Putnamville on United States 40.
Officials do no know why Wright did not stop and continued accelerating to a speed of 129 mph as he approached the Clay/Putnam County line with law enforcement following in pursuit with their lights and sirens on.
Turning south on County Road 500 East (CR 900 West in Putnam County), Wright continued south at approximately 85-90 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 when he topped a small hill and went off the east side of the road. The vehicle went up an embankment, became airborne for a distance of approximately 45 feet, striking several trees along the way and landing on its wheels in a 20-foot ravine.
Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionists located a tree, which had been struck by the airborne vehicle more than 20 feet above the top of 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, officials said due to the extreme speed and severity of the crash, the belts could not prevent Wright and passenger Siples from suffering blunt force injuries.
Wright, who suffered internal and head injuries, was transported to Indianapolis Wishard Hospital by air ambulance, but he was released Sunday.
Putnam County Coroner Thomas Miller pronounced Siples dead at the scene from injuries she sustained during the accident.
Both accidents remain under investigation and it is not known at this time if any criminal charges will be filed in either accident.