Friends mourn Indiana mother, student who died sticking head out window

INDIANAPOLIS - Those who knew a young Indiana mother are mourning her this week after she died sticking her head out of a car window.

Amanda Ezra, 24, was a mother of three and a student at Ivy Tech, working toward her dream of becoming a teacher.

“One of the first things she would talk about when I first met her… (was) her babies and how they were just the light of her life,” a friend said.

Friends said Ezra decided to take a break from her studies over the weekend. Police said Kyle Papa, 23, was driving Ezra’s van last Saturday night, when he went over the curb in a cul-de-sac.

At the same time, police said Ezra was leaning her head out of the window, because she was feeling sick.

Papa ended up driving between a utility pole and the wires holding it up, causing Ezra’s head to hit the wire.

“I lost a friend and she made a choice to have some fun, get a break from the kids and it turned out tragically,” friend Aneea Adkins said. “And that’s not ever a good thing. That’s not something somebody wants to wake up and hear.”

The driver, Papa, left the scene of that crash, but was eventually caught by police. Investigators said he denied being the driver in the crash and failed several field sobriety tests, later blowing twice the legal limit on a portable breath test.

He now faces several charges, while Ezra’s family is trying to raise money to help cover the cost of her funeral.

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