MADISON COUNTY, Ind. — One person is dead and several have been charged after an early-morning crash in Madison County, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
At 4:30 a.m. Sunday, the Madison County Sheriff’s Crash Team was called to a crash on County Road 200 South, just east of State Road 67.
The deceased has been identified as 19-year-old Sophie Darlene Robbins, of Dunkirk, Indiana.
Based on accounts from participants and witnesses, authorities say they believe a white SUV driven by Robbins was either following or being followed by a red passenger car containing four suspects from Anderson. According to the suspects, both parties regularly gather late night or early mornings to hang out and sometimes drive recklessly to show off for one another, the MCSO says.
“They were all friends, and apparently they do this on a regular basis,” said Detective Brad Oster with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. “They’re driving around racing around town, they’re throwing pops, they’re throwing rocks, at one point in time there was a jack thrown that shattered a window.”
Sunday morning, the two vehicles were headed eastbound on 38th Street, and when they crossed State Road 67, Robbins lost control of the SUV where 38th Street turns into County Road 200 South, according to the sheriff’s office. The SUV left the roadway and rolled multiple times before ejecting Robbins into the driveway of a residence.
“Yeah it was pretty awful… There was a vehicle upside down, I could see the tires sticking up, and I was like like ‘oh my goodness,'” said neighbor Jerry Hunt. “The more I looked I finally realized that unfortunately I could see the young lady’s body laying underneath the back of his (homeowner’s) pickup truck so I knew she had been ejected.”
The MCSO says the suspects in the red passenger car witnessed the crash but fled the scene and failed to call 911.
“They’ve told us they stopped in the roadway, they yelled out that they hoped she was OK, then they fled the scene,” Oster said.
18-year-old Alex Lozano has been charged with failure to report accident resulting in death, criminal recklessness resulting in death and false informing.
19-year-old Keandre Williams has been charged with failure to report accident resulting in death.
Authorities say an unnamed juvenile is in custody and has been remanded to juvenile detention for failure to report accident resulting in death.
An additional suspect is on the run, according to the sheriff’s office.
At least one resident who lived near the crash sent authorities video footage from his security cameras, which was crucial to getting suspect information, according to the MCSO.
Anyone with information on the incident should call Madison County Crime Stoppers at 765-649-8310 or Detective Brad Oster at 765-646-9281.