Staff Reports

A 20-year-old Elizabethtown woman has died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle traffic accident in Bartholomew County, authorities said.

The victim, identified as Chyenne Marie Wray, died of massive trauma to her head and chest, according to the Bartholomew County Coroner’s office.

An initial investigation indicated that Wray was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer northbound on State Street, heading toward Columbus, near County Road 200S when the vehicle left the roadway in an accident reported at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, the coroner’s office said.

Wray’s vehicle rolled multiple times, ejecting her and a passenger, according to the statement from the office of Coroner Clayton Nolting.

Wray was declared dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Charlie Deweese. Her passenger, Vincent Eddelman, 28, of Columbus, informed deputies that Wray’s vehicle sustained a tire problem, causing her to lose control of the sport-utility vehicle, said Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Eddelman, who was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, was transported by LifeLine helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital, Jackson said.

The passenger was listed in fair to good condition, and stable, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.

Sheriff’s deputy Andrew Whipker was first to arrive at the scene, assisted by Sgt. Greg Duke, Sgt. Kris Weisner, and deputies Andrew Dougan, Nate Nichols, Andrew Densford and Brandon Sellers, all of the sheriff’s department. Also assisting were Columbus Township Fire Department, Columbus Regional Hospital emergency medical service and Copple’s Towing, Jackson said.

Detective Jason Williams was assigned to investigate the accident, and the investigation is ongoing, Jackson said.