A teenage Columbus girl died in a late-night, single-vehicle accident on a Bartholomew County road.
Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded at 11:47 p.m. Saturday to a traffic accident at the intersection of County Roads 550W and 250S, according to a sheriff’s department news release. The vehicle was inverted, and a female passenger was partially thrown from the vehicle and was unresponsive.
Upon arrival, deputies found a Chevrolet Trailblazer inverted and passenger Delanie V. Scroghan, 17, of Newton Street, deceased, the release said.
The preliminary investigation indicated that Ashlee Litchfield, 17, of Columbus, was driving northbound on County Road 550W. She was unfamiliar with the area, after having left the area of County Roads 400W and 700S. Her front seat passenger, Scroghan, and right rear passenger, Justin Skirvin, 17, of County Road 700S, were giving Litchfield directions, and they were headed to get something to eat, the release said.
Litchfield said that she was northbound when conditions became foggy. There was moderate patchy fog in the area at the time of the crash, according to the release.
While in the “S” curve at County Road 250S, Litchfield possibly drifted to the left, and she overcorrected to the right. Litchfield’s vehicle drove off the right side of the roadway and traveled down a steep embankment, about 45 feet before the vehicle rolled onto its passenger side impacting with the ditch, shattering the passenger side windows.
Her vehicle slid on the passenger’s side about 21 feet, becoming airborne for another 20 feet before the right front corner of the vehicle impacted with the ditch causing the vehicle to flip, traveling another 25 feet before landing inverted, according to the release.
Scroghan, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially thrown from the vehicle, the release said.
Neither excessive speed nor drugs appear to have been a factor in the crash. Litchfield tested .00 at the scene on a portable Breathalyzer test and consented to a blood draw at Columbus Regional Hospital, according to the release.
Litchfield’s mother arrived at the scene and gave permission for deputies to check her daughter’s cellphone. There was no indication that Litchfield was talking or texting on her phone, the release said.
Litchfield complained of pain and was treated and released from CRH. Skirvin refused treatment at the scene, according to the release.
Deputy Brent Worman was assisted by Sgt. Kris Weisner, Deputy Adam Warner, Lt. Kraig Weisner, Capt. John Martoccia and Indiana State Police Trooper Brent Lykins.