GREENFIELD — A 17-year-old girl died after being thrown from a car during a serious crash along Mt. Comfort Road on Thursday night.
Savannah Land of Indianapolis was not wearing a seat belt when the car she was riding in ran a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming car, police said.
The teen was ejected from the car and suffered traumatic injuries over most her body, investigators said.
She was transported by ambulance to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The crash occurred just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of county roads 200N and 600W.
Land was riding with Angela Martin, 18, of Indianapolis, who was driving westbound of County Road 200N when she drove through a stop sign and into oncoming traffic, police said.
Land was a front-seat passenger in the car, officials said.
Martin’s Buick sedan crashed into a Ford Edge, which was headed southbound on County Road 600W (Mount Comfort Road). The sedan was driven by Kelly Wagoner, 49, of New Palestine.
Wagoner’s vehicle careened off the side of the road after the impact and came to rest in a ditch on the southwest corner of the roadway.
Wagoner sustained minor injuries in the wreck. She was taken to Methodist Hospital by ambulance, was treated and released, officials said.
Martin was not injured, officials said.
First-responders called for a medical helicopter to come to the scene to transport Land to the hospital, but pilots could not fly because of the rain, according to dispatch records.
Officials do not believe at this time that drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, but both drivers submitted to blood tests per investigation protocols for serious accidents, officials said.
Rainy weather Thursday night does not appear to be a factor in the crash, either, police said.
The accident is still under investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.