Toxicology reports released in incident that killed teens


Toxicology reports released Monday show the drivers of both vehicles involved in the crash that killed four Jackson County teens late Aug. 25 were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers said the reports showed no substances were found in samples taken from Elizabeth Watson, 24, of Seymour and Cara Selby, 37, of Seymour.

Watson was the driver of a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse that crashed into a stalled Chevrolet Suburban on State Road 258 on the east side of Cortland.

Neither of the women were hospitalized after the incident.

The four teens who died in that wreck along with four other teens who were injured were pushing the disabled vehicle back to Selby’s home less than a block away.

The youths who died in the incident were Brownstown Central High School students Brittany Watson, 15, and Nevaeh Law, 14, and Seymour High School students Jenna Helton, 14, and Martin Martinez, 16.

The four injured teens were Allerika Henline, 15, of Brownstown; Victoria Valdivia, 15, and Courtney Arthur, 14, of Seymour; and Victoria Burchard, 15, of Medora. Starlit Watson, 12, of Brownstown, who was in the Suburban with Selby at the time the crash occurred, also was injured and hospitalized.

The teens had been attending Selby’s daughter’s birthday party that evening.

Carothers said police are still waiting on cellphone records to determine if they were used during the crash.

The incident has led to numerous events to provide financial support to the families.

Police have listed the primary cause of the wreck as Selby’s vehicle being in the roadway.

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