Richmond woman among 4 victims in Union County crash

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One of the two vehicles involved in a head-on collision in Union County. Supplied by Indiana State Police

A Richmond woman was one of four people who died Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Union County.
Just after 3:30 p.m., Indiana State Police troopers and area deputies were called to the 2700 block of Nine Mile Road for a report of a serious injury two-vehicle crash.
ISP Trooper Luke Tipton arrived to find that two vehicles had hit head-on and that there were three fatalities at the scene.
The early investigation by Tipton and Crash Reconstruction Investigator Trooper Mark Hanna indicates that a 2014 Mercedes driven by Savanna Kinder, 23, of Richmond, was southbound when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road.
A press release from Sgt. John Bowling noted the driver over-corrected 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 Ford Fusion, Connor Brite, 22, of Decatur, Indiana, 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.
Bowling said it’s believed that excessive speed played a role in the cause of the collision. All occupants of both vehicles were wearing safety belts.
Indiana State Police received assistance at the scene from Richmond and Liberty fire departments, Union County Sheriff’s Department and Spirit EMS.

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