Teen gets 90-day sentence in Ripley County crash that killed 3

Teen to spend sentence in youth facility

RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. - A 17-year-old boy involved in a crash in Ripley County that killed three high school students and injured three more was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in a youth facility.

Judge Carl Taul sentenced the teen two months after the March 7 crash at the intersection of Fairgrounds Road and County Road 850 West that claimed the life of Jacob Vogel, 18, Timothy Bowman, 17 and Samantha Hansen, 18.

The teen will spend his sentence in the Cedar Ridge Youth Facility in Muncie. The teen's license will be suspended until age 21, and he will be on probation until age 21, too.

"I wish there was something I could say or do," Taul said about his decision. "I'm just glad that I'm not in your shoes."

Police said the teen, charged as a juvenile, was driving a pickup truck more than 80 mph when he crashed into a classmate's truck while speeding to beat him to the intersection in Osgood.

The trucks were carrying six South Ripley High School students.

Both vehicles disregarded a stop sign before they collided, investigators said.

Police said that the teen's truck almost hit a school bus picking up children earlier on the morning of the crash.

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