Alcohol believed to be factor in crash that killed 21-year-old Zionsville man

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ZIONSVILLE, Ind.—A 21-year-old man was killed in a crash early Thursday morning in Boone County.

James Dupler was pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s Hospital following the crash that occurred after 1 a.m. on County Road 300 South, just west of US 421 in Boone County.

When emergency crews arrived to the scene, they found Dupler and another man, 21-year-old Jack Kaplan, outside of the 2003 Ford Explorer. Kaplan sustained minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Authorities say he was later admitted to IU North Hospital for treatment.

It is unclear who was driving the vehicle when it crashed. Investigators believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

“Too often we are forced to respond to these types of crashes that could have been avoided,” Major Brian Stevenson of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said. “Today a young man’s life was taken because of drinking and driving. Please, if you see someone get into the driver’s seat when they have been drinking, do the right thing and take the keys. It could be a life or death decision.”

The sheriff’s department, along with the Boone County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, will continue to investigate the accident.