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Yesterday, shortly after 8:00 am, the Indiana State Police and Jennings County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle crash on State Road 7 that claimed the life of a Scipio man and sent a Scipio woman to an Indianapolis hospital with serious injuries.

The initial investigation by the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicated that a white 2010 Kia SUV being driven by Justin T. Spears, age 24, Scipio, Indiana was traveling southbound on County Road 700 West at State Road 7.  

Spears vehicle entered State Road 7 into the path of a northbound 2000 Mack dump truck being driven by Levi G. Horton, age 24, Seymour, Indiana.  Horton attempted to take evasive action but was unable to avoid Spears’ vehicle.  Horton’s vehicle collided with the driver side of Spears’ vehicle.

As a result of the collision, Spears sustained fatal injuries.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office.  A passenger in Spears’ vehicle, Kaitlyn M. Lord, age 18, Scipio, Indiana sustained serious injuries.  She was flown from the scene to St. Vincent’s Hospital-Indianapolis for treatment of her injuries.  Horton was not injured in the collision.

State Road 7 was closed for nearly three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

The crash remains under investigation.  Toxicology results are pending.

The Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Investigation Team was assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Scipio-Geneva Fire Department, Jennings County EMS, the Jennings County Coroner’s Office, 31 Wrecker Service, and Clark’s Wrecker Service.