Fatal crash victim was former North student

HOPE — An Edinburgh teenager who died after a two-vehicle accident northwest of Hope was a former Columbus North High School student.

Indiana State Police said 17-year-old Allyssia A. Christman was taken by LifeLine helicopter to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, where she died after the accident, which happened about 12:50 p.m. Sunday at County Roads 900N and 350E.

Christman had attended Columbus North through her junior year and was described as a caretaker and a wonderful young lady who will be missed, said Larry Perkinson, employee and student assistance coordinator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.

Master Trooper Gary Thalls said Christman was a passenger in a 1995 Honda Accord being driven by Austin D. Wade, 19, Hope, traveling west on County Road 900N.

As Wade approached the intersection of County Road 350E, for an unknown reason he pulled into the path of a pickup truck, Thalls said.

The 2005 Dodge pickup, which was heading south on County Road 350E, was pulling a 29-foot camper-trailer. The pickup, driven by Eric W. Harper, 36, Hope, collided with the passenger side of the Honda and both vehicles went off the roadway, with Harper’s truck and trailer overturning in a nearby field, Thalls said.

Wade was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released for minor injuries, state police said. Harper and two juveniles in his truck were uninjured, police said.

Investigators from the state police and firefighters from the Clifford Volunteer Fire Department were at the scene for about three hours. Columbus firefighters assisted at the scene with extrication.

State police said an investigation is continuing into the crash.

Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.