NEW PALESTINE, Ind. — A mother of four was killed Sunday morning during a two-vehicle crash near New Palestine, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.
Shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday, responders were called to the area of 3500 West U.S. 52, about a mile east of the town of New Palestine.
They arrived to find a 2001 Kia Optima and a four-door Chevrolet passenger car that had been involved in a head-on crash.
Authorities say evidence at the scene and discussions with both drivers indicate that the Kia was headed eastbound on US 52 when it turned into the path of the westbound Chevrolet. The driver of the Chevrolet attempted to stop and avoid the crash but could not, according to the HCSD.
Katherine Weaver, 30, of New Palestine, was killed in the crash. Officials say she leaves behind four children, ages 5 to 13.
The driver of the Chevrolet — a 40-year-old New Palestine man — was taken to Methodist Hospital by helicopter with several broken bones, including to his right leg. The sheriff’s office says his injuries are not life-threatening.
The driver of the Kia — a 26-year-old Greenfield man — was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital with several broken bones and trauma to his leg. Authorities say his injuries are also not life-threatening.
HCSD says it is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
U.S. 52 was closed for about three hours while officers from the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team investigated.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.