Versailles driver killed in Jennings County crash

JENNINGS COUNTY — Indiana State Police troopers investigated a two-vehicle accident in rural Jennings County that claimed the life of a 39-year-old Versailles driver.

The initial investigation by the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post Crash Reconstruction Team indicates that at about 4:30 p.m., a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven by Jessica R. Parsons, 40, Butlerville, was traveling eastbound on County Road 650N near County Road 575E. For an unknown reason, Parsons’ vehicle left the right side of the road, police said. Parsons overcorrected, causing the vehicle to return to the roadway and travel into the path of a westbound 2007 Pontiac G6 being driven by Christian P. Schular, 39, Versailles, where the two vehicles collided in the westbound lane, state police said.

Schular sustained fatal injuries in the collision. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office. A passenger in Schular’s vehicle, Whittney Schular, 18, sustained serious injuries in the crash. She was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. Parsons was transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. Toxicology results on both drivers are pending. Speed may be a contributing factor in the crash, state police said.

The Indiana State Police Department was assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Butlerville Fire Department, Jennings County EMS, Jennings County Coroner’s Office, and Stat Flight Medical Helicopter.