Alcohol contributing factor in crash that killed Miami County girl
MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (October 15, 2015) – A 10-year-old girl was killed in a Miami County car accident Wednesday, and investigators believe alcohol was a contributing factor.
Officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Miami County Road 1200 North and Miami County Road 100 West around 6:30 p.m.
A preliminary investigation reveals that Lori Herrell, 44, of Macy, was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on County Road 100 West.
Andrez McGee, 37, of Logansport, was driving a 1999 Dodge pickup truck westbound on County Road 1200 North. McGee allegedly disregarded a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 100 West and hit the Chevrolet in the front passenger door.
Both vehicles ended up in a field northwest of the intersection.
The Chevrolet rolled at least once, coming to rest on its top.
The Dodge came to rest on its side and caught on fire. Denver firefighters extinguished the blaze.
McGee climbed out of the burning vehicle prior to medics’ arrival. Once medics arrived, theydiscovered McGee had severe internal injuries, and he was flown by medical helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital.
Sara Herrell, 10, of Macy, was in the front passenger seat in the Chevrolet. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lori Herrell was flown by medical helicopter from the crash scene to a Fort Wayne hospital. She suffered non-life threatening injuries.
This crash is still under investigation. At this time, evidence indicates the consumption of alcohol, by McGee, is a contributing factor in this crash.