Tipton County teen killed in crash, police suspect alcohol to be contributing factor
TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. (August 15, 2015) – A 17-year-old boy is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Tipton County early Saturday morning.
Officers from the Indiana State Police and the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle crash near 6757 North Tipton County Road 500 West around 4:15 a.m.
The preliminary crash investigation revealed that Devin Majors, 17, of Sharpsville, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on County Road 500 West, near 6757 North.
The Malibu traveled off the west side of the road, Majors overcorrected, causing the car to travel across County Road 500 West and off the east side of the road.
The Malibu then hit a tree, broadside, in the driver’s side door.
Majors was pronounced dead at the crash scene.
A medical helicopter flew a 13-year-old male passenger from the crash scene to a Ft. Wayne hospital. He suffered non-life threatening internal injuries.
A 14-year-old male passenger allegedly fled from the crash scene on foot. He was later located with no injuries.
Evidence indicated all occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Troopers believe the restraints helped prevent more serious injuries to the surviving teens.
The crash impact, on the driver’s door, was too severe to prevent the fatal injuries to Majors.
The crash is still under investigation, but preliminary evidence indicates that the consumption of alcohol and excessive speed were contributing factors in the crash.