A late night wreck on State Road 56 in Ohio County between Rising Sun and Aurora on Tuesday, September 25th, resulted in the death of a young Switzerland County woman.
Lauren M. Rose, 19, of Switzerland County, was driving her maroon, 2002 Chevrolet Impala northbound on State Road 56 near Henschen Road. Another vehicle, a 2014 white Dodge Journey driven by Jennifer J. Turner, 40, of Rising Sun, was traveling southbound on State Road 56 when the two vehicles collided.
Trooper Korry Clark, an Indiana State Police Crash Recontructionist, said that his investigation found that the Turner vehicle crossed over the center line and into the path of the Rose vehicle and the two vehicles collided nearly head on in the middle of the roadway.
Rose was transported to Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, by ambulance, and she passed away at approximately 1:28 a.m. on Wednesday morning, September 26th.
Turner was also transported to Highpoint Health with injuries, but those were not believed to be life threatening.
A passenger in Rose’s vehicle, Isaiah Earles, age 18, was transported to Highpoint Health with minor injuries. A front seat passenger in Turner’s vehicle, Ashley P. Turner, age 15, was transported to a Cincinnati area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A backseat passenger in Turner’s vehicle, James C. Turner, age 8, was transported to Highpoint Health for treatment of minor injuries.
State Road 56 was closed for two- to three-hours for the crash investigation and cleanup. A joint investigation is still ongoing and being conducted by Trooper Clark and Deputy Austin Jefferson of the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department.
Also responding to the scene were officers from the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department; officers from the Aurora Police Department; members of Ohio County EMS; and also members of the Rising Sun Fire Department.
Lauren Rose was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 7th, 1999, and was a 2018 graduate of Switzerland County High School. Lauren attended the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles, where she received training as a certified nursing assistant. She was employed at The Waters of Dillsboro; and was planning on attending Ivy Tech this fall in order to purse a career in nursing.
Lauren is survived by her parents, Tony and Shonda Rose of East Enterprise; by two sisters: Chelsea Duvall of Rising Sun and Kristen Rose of Rising Sun; by her niece, Brinley Wright; by her grandparents: Sheree and Lane Armstrong of Patriot; Sharon (Slack) Collins of Rising Sun; Larry Rose of Vevay, and Steve and Judy Duvall of Austin, Texas; by her great grandparents: Naomi “Scottie” Allen of Rising Sun, Mareta Rose of Vevay, and Jack and Joan Armstrong of Patriot; and many other family members and special friends.
A complete obituary of Lauren M. Rose can be found on page A-2 of today’s edition.