An early morning two vehicle crash claimed the life of a Milan teenager on Tuesday, December 13th in Ohio County.
The fatal crash occurred around 7:05 a.m. about a mile south of Rising Sun (between the Gun Club and former store). State Road 56 was closed nearly three and a half hours, as traffic was rerouted to State Road 262 and then Dutch Ridge.
Ohio County Sheriff Glen Potts said the Indiana State Police reconstruction investigators were called and the investigation was turned over to the Indiana State Police.
Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sergeant Stephen Wheeles reported that the initial investigation by Trooper Matt Holley indicated that a 1990 Chevrolet truck being driven by Dylan K. Levi, age 16, of Rising Sun, was traveling southbound on State Route 56, approximately one mile south of Rising Sun. For an unknown reason, Levi’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a northbound 2005 Dodge Neon being driven by Micayla D. Acra, age 17 (eight days shy of her 18th birthday), of Milan.
The vehicles collided head on.
Acra, who was a Milan High School student, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ohio County Coroner’s Office. Levi, who is a student at Rising Sun High School, sustained minor injuries in the collision. He was treated and released at a local hospital.
The investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing. Roadways were wet at the time of the collision and may have been a contributing factor in the crash. Levi submitted to a drug and alcohol test at a local hospital although drug and alcohol use is not suspected at this time.
The Acra family has been notified.
Trooper Holley was assisted by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, Rising Sun Fire Department, Ohio County EMS, and the Ohio County Coroner’s Office.
A week earlier, on Monday, December 5th, Daniel J. Lynch, 40, of 14814 Goodner Road, was killed on State Road 56 near Dibble Road when his car struck a tree and burst into flames.
– Tim Hillman