Head-on crash kills Columbus resident, police searching for third vehicle

A head-on collision killed a Columbus man Thursday morning.

Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Spokeswoman, says that deputies responded to the scene, at the intersection of State Road 46 and County Road 250 East, at approximately 11:38 a.m.

Investigators say that video footage obtained from a nearby business shows a third vehicle, described as a faded red Chevrolet S-10 or GMC

Authorities are searching for this vehicle.
Authorities are searching for this vehicle.

Sonoma, driving left of center. They say that this truck and may have caused the northbound car, driven by Rex Money, 54, of Columbus, to cross the center-line, into the path of a southbound car, driven by Cassandra Smith, 25, of Brownstown.

Authorities say that both drivers had to be extracted by emergency personnel. Smith was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital. Her vehicle was carrying two passengers, William Decker, 19, Brownstown, and Amanda Strode, 26, Seymour. Jackson says that Strode was flown to an Indianapolis hospital. Decker was not hurt. Investigators say that Money passed-away from his injuries.

Authorities say that it’s unknown at this time if the red vehicle made contact with the northbound car but the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with the driver. If you have any information, you are asked to call Investigating Deputy Kevin Abner at (812) 379-1650, or the Sheriff Department Tip Line at (812) 379-1712. You may also contact authorities via email at sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov. “This is very serious, we need the community’s help and we need to know who owns this faded, red vehicle”, said Sheriff Matt Myers. Authorities stress that any information given to them can be done so anonymously.