Columbus Christian High School junior critically injured in one-vehicle accident

    A Columbus Christian High School junior was in critical condition Sunday after he and a former classmate were injured in a single-vehicle accident in northern Jennings County.

    Levi Sallee, 16, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his friend, 19-year-old Adriane Polley, when the vehicle left the road about 7:55 p.m. Friday about a quarter mile from Polley’s home on County Road 1000 North,┬ásaid Kendall Wildey, Columbus Christian administrator.

    The injured teens were transported to Crossroads Community Church, from where they were taken by LifeLine helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, the school administrator said.

    Sallee, the high school student who suffered head injuries, was listed in critical condition at 11 a.m. Sunday, hospital spokesman Gene Ford said.

    Polley, who graduated from Columbus Christian this spring and is attending classes as a freshman at Ivy Tech Community College, was listed at the same time in good condition, Ford said.

    Both teens have Elizabethtown addresses in Jennings County.

    Polley’s car rolled several times after he lost control and hit a telephone pole, said Ron Bridgewater, pastor at East Columbus Christian Church, where the two teens and their families attend. The church and Columbus Christian School are both located at 3170 Indiana Ave. in Columbus.

    After Polley’s vehicle hit the telephone pole, snapping it, the vehicle took out a mailbox, also on the north side of the road, before also striking a tree on the south side of the road and coming to a stop in the front yard of a residence near a cornfield, Wildey said.

    For more information, turn to Monday’s edition of The Republic.