Authorities search for faded red truck after fatal accident in Bartholomew County

Photo of truck provided by Bartholomew County sheriff

Photo of truck provided by Bartholomew County sheriff

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. – Authorities in Bartholomew County are searching for truck after a fatal accident Thursday afternoon.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two-car collision at the intersection of State Road 46 and 250 East just before noon.

Surveillance footage obtained from a nearby business shows a third vehicle, described as a faded red Chevrolet S-10 or GMC Sonoma, driving left of center and it may have caused a northbound 1998 Buick passenger car, driven by Rex Money, 54, Columbus, to enter the path of a southbound 2006 Pontiac passenger car, driven by Cassandra Smith, 25, Brownstown.

William Decker, 19, of Brownstown, and Amanda Strode, 26, of Seymour, were passengers in Smith’s vehicle.

The vehicles collided head-on. Both drivers had to be extracted by emergency personnel.

Smith was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital.  Strode was flown to Indianapolis by Lifeline.  Decker was not injured.

Money died from injuries sustained in the crash.

It is unknown at this time if the red vehicle made contact with Money’s car but the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with the driver.  If you have any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, regarding this faded red vehicle, please call Investigating Deputy Kevin Abner at 812-379-1650.

You can also call the tip line at 812-379-1712 or email sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov.

“This is very serious, we need the community’s help and we need to know who owns this faded, red vehicle,” said Sheriff Matthew A. Myers.