Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr has performed a preliminary autopsy on a Clay County resident killed in a head-on collision Tuesday morning as part of the investigation to determine the cause of the two-vehicle accident that occurred shortly before 8 a.m. The preliminary results are expected to be announced shortly.
After the victim's family was notified, the Clay County Sheriff's Department released the name of the victim and more accident details in a press release late Tuesday afternoon.
Although Indiana State Police Trooper/Accident Reconstructionist Chris Carter has not completed his investigation, officials believe that one of the two vehicles, which one is not exactly clear at this time, crossed the centerline causing the head-on collision.
Upon arrival at the scene, officials discovered both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage. A 1998 Ford Escort belonging to Kay Crabb, 47, Brazil, was facing south in the northbound lane and a 2005 Chevrolet pickup, belonging to Roy Smith, Brazil, was facing south in a ditch on the east side of the northbound lane.
Smith, who had just dropped his children off at school and was traveling southbound on the road, told officers he was unable to remember anything else about the accident.
Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen pronounced Crabb dead at the accident scene on County Road 200 East, just north of State Road 42.
An unidentified juvenile passenger in Crabb's vehicle was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for treatment for serious injuries to the left side of their body.
Other agencies responding to the accident scene included Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department and TransCare.
No further information is available at this time, but The Brazil Times will provide updates as they become available.