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Attorney dies in crash

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HOPE — A Columbus attorney was killed during a two-vehicle collision Thursday evening south of Hope.

Michael Thomasson, 67, died of blunt force trauma as the result of a crash at about 6:27 p.m. at the intersection of State Road 9 and County Road 450N, Bartholomew County Coroner Allen Smith said.

Both Thomasson and the driver of a black Ford pickup were the sole occupants of their vehicles, according to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

“At this point, I have no idea what happened,” sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Todd Noblitt said.

Indiana State Police re-constructionist Mark Helms arrived at the scene about an hour after the accident. Noblitt said deputies also are questioning at least three witnesses to the crash.

Noblitt said his office will wait until Helms completes his investigation before making further comments.

After the collision, the attorney’s Buick traveled about 60 feet southeast of the intersection through a yard before coming to a stop near the rear of an older, one-story, ranch-style home.

The driver of the truck, which sustained extensive front end damage, was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital. Noblitt declined to identify the driver Thursday night but said firefighters told him the man was alert and walking when they arrived.

Thomasson had practiced law in Columbus for more than 40 years, according to his firm’s website.

He was married to Dr. Debbie Wright-Thomasson, and they have six children and six grandchildren.

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