Update posted at 8:56 a.m.:
Indiana Conservation Officer Andy Crozier was called to the scene of an off-road vehicle crash late Monday night where a Ripley County girl, Emily Mathes, 15, of Versailles was killed.
Mathes was operating a 2005 Polaris Ranger on Woods Road in southern Ripley county when she lost control of the vehicle which overturned. Mathes was thrown from the ORV and pinned underneath it.
She was transported to Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.
A passenger in the vehicle, Alyssa Halcomb, of Versailles, was not injured in the crash.
The Polaris Ranger was equipped with seat belts, but they were not in use at the time of the crash.
Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by Ripley County Sheriff deputies Randy Holt and Aaron Smith, Jr. The crash is still under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers.
Mathes was a freshman student at South Ripley Junior-Senior High School in Versailles. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Indiana Conservation Officers remind the public that ORV’s can only be operated on county roads if the county commissioners of that county have declared the roads open to ORV traffic, the driver of the ORV possesses a valid driver’s license and the vehicle is registered with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. All traffic laws apply to ORV use on public roads that are open to ORV travel in Indiana. Safety equipment such as helmets, protective clothing and seat belts can minimize injuries sustained in the event a crash occurs while operating ORV’s on or off roadways.