Thanksgiving morning crash claims life of driver

WASHINGTON CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say a two-vehicle crash in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving claimed the life of one driver and sent several others to Louisville Hospitals.

On November 28th, at approximately 12:49 a.m., Scott County Dispatch received the initial call of a two-vehicle crash on SR56 near SR39. Scott County Deputies were the first units to arrive and soon requested assistance from the Indiana State Police (ISP) and ISP Crash Reconstructionists.

Investigators believe that a black, 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Victor Colon, 50, of Scottsburg, was southbound on SR39 approaching the stop sign at the intersection of SR56. This intersection is in eastern Washington County near the Scott County line. At the same time, a silver, 2017 Ford Escape, driven by Stephanie Barnett, 35, Salem, was westbound on SR56 approaching the same intersection. Preliminary information reveals that the Cavalier likely pulled out onto SR56 in front of the Ford Escape, causing the Escape to collide with the Cavalier, knocking it off the roadway.

Stephanie Barnett was transported to University of Louisville Hospital (University) by ambulance, and her two juvenile passengers were transported by ambulance to Norton’s Children’s Hospital.

Victor Colon was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Coroner. The passenger of Colon’s vehicle, Barbara M. Hall, 55, Scottsburg, was airlifted to University Hospital.

The use of drugs or alcohol is unknown at this time; however, the investigation is ongoing.

ISP units were assisted by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, The Scottsburg City Police Department, Scott County EMS, Scott County Fire, the Washington County Coroner, and All-Around Towing.