(Farmers Retreat, Ind.) - Four people, three of them teenagers, were hurt in a single-vehicle crash in Ripley County on Sunday.
The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office says at about 3:30 a.m., a passenger car crashed on Farmers Retreat Road at the intersection with County Road 375 South.
The green 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT hit an embankment, went airborne, turned end-over-end, and smashed into a tree.
A 17-year-old male passenger from Milan had to be taken to University of Cincinnati Hospital by aircare after suffering a serious neck injury.
Two other passengers – Cory Gilb, 19, of Dillsboro, and a second 17-year-old male from Milan – both suffered less serious injuries and were transported by ambulance to Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville.
Investigators say the driver - Sean McConnell of Moores Hill - failed to negotiate a 90-degree curve. McConnell, 20, refused treatment at the scene and currently has criminal charges pending against him.
The accident is currently under investigation by the Ripley County Sheriff's Office and criminal charges are pending against McConnell. The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Rescue 30, Rescue 69, Ripley County Medics, Friendship First Responders and Fire Department, and Phi-Dove Flight.