Head-on crash in Lizton kills former Bainbridge fire chief, 18-year-old woman

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LIZTON, Ind. -- A head-on collision in Lizton killed a former Bainbridge fire chief and an 18-year-old woman.

The crash occurred a little bit before 3 p.m. Friday in the 6500 block of State Road 39, north of West County Road 625 North.

On Saturday, The Hendricks County Sheriff's office said Michael Smith, 65, of Bainbridge, was pronounced dead at the scene. Smith was reportedly traveling southbound when a vehicle traveling northbound crossed the centerline for unknown reasons.

Smith was the former chief of the Bainbridge Community Volunteer Fire Department.  He spent 15 years atop the department before stepping down in 2011.  His peers said he was with the volunteer fire department for more than three decades.

"You don't get a lot of that.  You get a lot of short-term people that come in," Bainbridge Fire Department President Amber Webb said, "He always did a lot for everybody.

"You wake up, and you're fine, and the next minute you're gone," said Amber's husband Roger Webb, a Lieutenant within the department.

The department wrote Friday on Facebook, "Bainbridge Fire would like to wish the family of our former chief, Michael Smith, all of our love and condolences at this time. Mike was and will always be remembered for his exemplary service to BVFD and this community."

The northbound driver, 18-year-old Kaylee Tuttle of Shelbyville, was flown to a hospital via medical helicopter in critical condition. The sheriff's office says she died on Sunday as a result of her injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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