Vallonia teen critically injured in crash Thursday night


A Jackson County teen was flown to an Indianapolis hospital Thursday night after he was injured in a rollover crash that occurred during a drag race in the Cortland area, police report.

Brandon M. Stuckwish, 17, of Vallonia sustained multiple injuries and was in critical condition after the wreck reported at 10:09 p.m. to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a news release from Lt. Adam Nicholson, Stuckwish was ejected from the 2006 Chevrolet pickup he was driving east in the 4000 block of County Road 550N.

That truck was found on its top in a field about 40 yards north of County Road 550N by county Officer Jordan Hawn, who was assisted by county officers Justin Amos and Alan Jones. Stuckwish was treated by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services before being flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital by a LifeLine air ambulance.

A 15-year-old youth from Seymour, who was riding in the front passenger seat with Stuckwish, also was ejected and airlifted to Methodist for treatment of his injures. Two females riding in the back seat of the pickup — a 16-year-old from Freetown and a 15-year-old from Seymour — were both treated and taken to Schneck Medical Center for injuries. One of the two girls was released after being evaluated for injures while the second remains hospitalized at Schneck.

During the investigation, police learned a 2004 Dodge Ram driven by Sidney L. Williams, 23, of Columbus also had been involved in the wreck, and he and Stuckwish had been drag racing before the crash occurred, police said.

The wreck occurred when the two vehicles made contact as Williams and Stuckwish drove east on County Road 550N, Nicholson said. Stuckwish’s pickup spun out of control and rolled several times before coming rest on its top, he said.

Williams was not injured in the wreck and two passengers in his vehicle, Darren A. Carr, 22, of Seymour and Bryce D. Bense, 18, of Seymour also were uninjured.

Nicholson said the cause of wreck remains under investigation. The Indiana State Police are assisting with the investigation and with reconstruction of the incident.

Others assisting at the scene include county Reserve Officer Richard Rotert, personnel with Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department and Kentucky Air Methods.

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