Columbus teen dies in late-night crash

03-25 crash resized 1A Columbus teen driver died and a passenger was rushed to IU Methodist Hospital after a late-night crash on Marr Road Thursday.

Indiana State Police are reporting that 17-year-old Keegan Phillips died when he pulled out in front of an SUV on Marr Road at about 11:50 p.m. He had been driving eastbound on County Road 550N, when he pulled out in front of the SUV driven by 47-year-old Sheila I. Lee of Columbus. His car then veered in front of another SUV driven by 44-year-old Amy M. Fetter of Columbus.

Traffic on Marr Road does not stop at that intersection and police report that they don’t know why Phillips pulled out into the traffic.

Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. 19-year-old Tierra Miller was a passenger in the car and was critically injured. She was taken to IU Methodist Hospital for life-threatening injuries the state police report. 18-year-old Blake Sinclair and 18-year-old Rachel Turner were also passengers and were treated for minor injuries at Columbus Regional Hospital. All of the teens are from Columbus.

Trooper Matt Holley was assisted at the scene by  the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Clifford and Columbus Fire Departments, Columbus Regional Hospital ambulance, the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office, and Lifeline Helicopter.

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