A 19-year-old was killed and another teen was seriously injured after a driver ran a stop sign near New Castle, police said. The crash happened just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of State Road 234 and 400 West.
Police said Jacob Chew, 18, of Knightstown, was driving northbound on 400 when he ran a stop sign, hitting a car driven by a New Castle woman.
Chew's passengers -- Patrick Chew, 19, and Raymond Perkins, 19, both of Knightstown -- were airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis in critical condition. Family members said they were on their way to Summit Lake State Park on a fishing trip.
Patrick Chew died early Wednesday. Sheriff's officials originally said that Perkins had died as well, but later said he was still alive, RTV6s Derrik Thomas reported.
Patrick Chews friend, Kelsey Polk, said the Knightstown community was devastated after learning about the crash.
"This will never ever, be forgotten. Patrick is loved by everybody. Everyone knew Patrick. Everyone wanted to be around Patrick. This is one of the saddest things that has happened in a really long time for Knightstown, Polk said.
Patrick's father, Rusty Chew, came to the crash site and silently, searched for his son's cellphone. He declined an interview with RTV6 but said he wanted to be able to contact all of his son's friends.
Patrick graduated from Knightstown High School last year, but Jacob, and Raymond Perkins are scheduled to graduate Sunday.
"We have graduation practice (Thursday). Before practice, we will discuss with the class president and officers as to how they would like to handle the situation, Principal Scott Ritchie said.
The driver of the car that was hit, Chrystal Hooper, along with her two sons, were taken to Henry County Hospital.
She was later taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with a head injury. One of her sons was transferred to Riley Hospital for Children, but his condition was not immediately released.
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