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Brazil woman dies in head-on collision

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Officials are investigating the cause of a two vehicle head-on collision on County Road 200 East, just north of State Road 42, that killed a Clay County woman Tuesday morning.

Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen pronounced Kay Crabb, 47, Brazil, dead at the scene due to her injuries.

Swearingen said Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr performed a preliminary autopsy Tuesday afternoon at Regional Hospital to help determine the investigators determine a cause of the two-vehicle accident that occurred shortly before 8 a.m.

The preliminary autopsy results showed that Crabb died of extensive and massive chest injuries, which Swearingen said would have caused her instant death.

Officials do not believe that weather or the early morning fog was a factor in the accident.

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.

Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage which caused Crabb's 1998 Ford Escort to end up facing south in the northbound lane and a 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by Roy Smith, rural Brazil, to end up facing south in a ditch on the east side of the northbound lane.

Smith told officers he had just dropped his children off at a local school and was traveling southbound on the road before the accident. Smith told officers he was unable to remember anything about the accident before being transported to Union Hospital for treatment for his injuries.

Sustaining serious injuries to the left side, an unidentified male juvenile passenger in Crabb's vehicle was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by TransCare personnel for treatment.

Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene.

The Brazil Times will provide updates as they become available.



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