Spencer County Woman Killed In Thursday Morning Crash Near Bretzville (VIDEO)

Bretzville (NNDC/Local Sources)  – An early morning crash Thursday between Bretzville and Ferdinand claimed the life of a Spencer County woman and left her husband in critical condition.

Killed was 40-year old Raven Waninger of Troy.

Indiana State Police say at 4:30am, 18-year-old Katherine Wire of Dale was driving southbound on State Road 162 less than a mile south of State Road 64.

Investigators believe that Wire had noticed a vehicle suddenly slowing to a stop in front of her, and applied the brakes of her 2003 Ford Explorer.

While braking, the Ford pulled to the left and crossed the center line, striking Waninger’s northbound 1997 Chevrolet Malibu head on.

The impact crushed the driver’s side of the Chevrolet prior to the Chevrolet leaving the east side of the roadway.  Wire’s Explorer spun and came to rest in the northbound lane nearly 200 feet south of the point of the crash.

ISP at Jasper say Waninger, did not have time to react to Wire’s oncoming Ford prior to being struck.  She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office.

Waninger’s passenger, her husband, 44-year old David Waninger, was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper where is listed in critical condition.  Wire was also transported to Memorial Hospital for injuries but was later released.  ISP says three occupants of the two vehicles involved were wearing seatbelts.

Investigators believe there was a possible witness to the crash that did not speak to officers at the scene.  Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information is asked to contact Sgt. Philip Hensley at the State Police Post in Jasper by calling 812-634-5520.

The crash remains under investigation by ISP.


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