Driver ejected, killed after driving car into pond in Whitestown


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BOONE CO., Ind. — A Jeffersonville man is dead after fleeing from police then crashing his car in a retention pond in Boone County  Sunday morning.

“One of the most horrific crashes I’ve ever seen,” said Boone County Sheriff’s Mike Nielsen.

Police say a little before 3 a.m., a  Boone County sheriff’s deputy saw a red Nissan run a stop sign going more than 100 mph near the the intersection of Indianapolis Road and Whitestown Parkway.

The deputy was attempting to enter the roadway northbound and had to make an evasive maneuver to avoid being struck by the vehicle.

After refusing to pull over, the vehicle led the deputy on a 2.5 mile chase. The driver, 28-year-old Antonio Angel Barragan, eventually lost control, struck a guardrail and the car landed in a retention pond on the west side of the Love’s Truck Stop. Barragan died at the scene.

“Once he made contact with the other side of the pond, that person was ejected out of the vehicle. We are almost positive he wasn’t wearing a seat belt. He then traveled another 50 yards himself after he was ejected<‘ said Sheriff Nielsen.

At this time, investigators say it’s unclear why the driver was speeding and avoiding police. They are also looking into whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in this crash.

An autopsy is set to be completed Monday.  Officials say this investigation may take up to a few weeks to complete.

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