Coroner releases name of juvenile driver killed in crash on S.R. 57 in Vanderburgh Co.

Sheriff’s Office: Juvenile driver killed in two-vehicle crash on S.R. 57 in Vanderburgh Co.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Authorities are investigating a deadly crash that occurred in Vanderburgh County on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, the collision took place on the 11000 block of State Road 57 between East Boonville-New Harmony Road and Kansas Road around 2:40 p.m.

Officials say when deputies arrived at the scene, they found two vehicles that had collided.

Deputies tell 14 News the crash involved a blue 2020 Ford Explorer, driven by a 62-year-old woman, and a white 2007 Jeep Compass, driven by a female juvenile.

The Sheriff’s Office told 14 News the crash happened when the young driver’s vehicle crossed the center line, skidded sideways and hit the other car at the top of the hill.

Officials say the juvenile was found dead at the scene.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner identified the juvenile as 16-year-old Lillian Gardner of Evansville. The coroner says an autopsy is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The 62-year-old driver was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

In accordance with state law regarding crashes involving serious bodily injury or death, the women consented to a post-crash blood draw for a toxicology screening. Officials say the crash will remain under investigation pending toxicology results.

Based upon the preliminary investigation, deputies say they don’t believe that drugs or alcohol were involved.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the Scott Township Fire Department were the first ones to respond to the crash.

We will update this story once more information is available.

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