2 vehicle crash claims 4 lives, including 3 Decatur residents

Staff Writer

    Four people were killed in a two vehicle crash Sunday in Union County, including three young men from Decatur.
    According to a report from the Indiana State Police, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday troopers were dispatched to Nine Mile Road in Union County in response to a serious two vehicle crash. Trooper Luke Tipton arrived to find two vehicles had hit head on and there were three fatalities at the scene.
    The early investigation by Tipton and crash reconstruction investigator Trooper Mark Hanna indicates a Ford Fusion, driven by Savanna Kinder, 23, of Richmond, Indiana, was southbound when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected and the car came back across the road into the path of a northbound Mercedes car, with the two cars hitting head on in the northbound lane.
    Kinder was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mercedes, Jeffrey Brite, 22 of Decatur, as well as back seat passenger, Jordan Fuelling, 20 of Decatur, also succumbed to their injuries at the scene. A front seat passenger, Trevor Ortiz, of Decatur, was transported from the scene, but later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.
    It is believed excessive speed played a role in the cause of the collision. All occupants of both vehicles were wearing safety belts. Troopers Tipton and Hanna were assisted at the scene by the Union County Sheriff’s Department, Liberty and Richmond Fire Departments and Spirit EMS.