Thomas Crawford's mangled Dodge Ram pickup following a triple fatal crash on March 7, 2013.
(Ripley County, Ind.) - The 17-year-old driver who allegedly caused a crash that claimed the lives of three South Ripley High School students will be in court Thursday.
Thomas Crawford was at the wheel of one of two pickup trucks that ran a four-way stop and collided March 7 in Ripley County. Timothy "Curtis" Bowman, Jacob Vogel and Samantha Hansen all died in the violent crash.
The Ripley County Prosecutor's Office charged Bowman with Reckless Homicide and Reckless Driving. An Indiana State Police investigation into the accident determined Crawford was speeding at the time of the crash and was attempting to beat the other pickup through the intersection of Fairgrounds Road and County Road 850 West.
Crawford has an initial hearing in Ripley County juvenile court at 9:00 a.m. Thursday. Prosecutor Ric Hertel says if Crawford admits to the charges, a dispositional hearing – or sentencing – could take place immediately.
During a possible dispositional hearing, the victims’ families would have an opportunity to speak in court.
The state police investigation revealed that Bowman and the other students had left a South Ripley Future Farmers of America function at Hopewell Baptist Church just minutes before the accident.