HANCOCK COUNTY — A Greenfield woman lost her life Saturday morning when the car she was driving collided head-on with another vehicle on State Road 9.
Kathy Shuppert, 49 was pronounced deceased at the scene, Capt. Robert Harris, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.
Members of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department were called to the 9300 block of North State Road 9 for a two-vehicle crash with injuries around 11:55 am
The location is about a mile north of the intersections of State Road 9 and State Road 234. Deputies arrived on scene and found two vehicles had collided head-on. Due to the severity of the crash the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team (FACTeam) responded.
The crash involved a 2020 Honda Accord driven by Shuppert, and a 2013 Ford Escape driven by Eva O’Dear who had her 2 and-a-half-year-old daughter in the car. O’Dear and her daughter were transported by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Honda Accord was southbound on State Road 9 and the Ford Escape was northbound with the vehicles approaching each other. For some reason, officials said the Honda Accord traveled left of the centerline, into the path of the Ford Escape. The vehicles struck head-on.
Shuppert was wearing her seatbelt, officials said. There was no immediate sign of drug or alcohol being a factor.
O’Dear, 26, Indianapolis was operating the Ford Escape. She was properly restrained and suffered injuries to her legs caused by the vehicle damage during the crash. O’Dear’s daughter was properly restrained in the vehicle and only sustained minor abrasions from the restraints. Both are expected to make a full recovery.
The investigation is ongoing. State Road 9 was closed for about four hours while officers investigated, Harris said.
Members of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, McCordsville Police Department, Fortville Police Department, Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer, and crews from Green Township and Greenfield Fire Departments responded to the scene.