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Seatbelts Saved Lives In Morgan County Wreck That Killed 4 Brownsburg Teens
Updated January 4, 2016 7:32 AM | Filed under: Accident
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From left to right: Matt Chambers, Noah Tex, Lucas Kenworthy and Riley Hurst (Photos courtesy of Herff Jones via Brownsburg yearbook)
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The Bloomington family of four injured in a Wednesday night car crash in Morgan County that killed four teens has been released from an Indianapolis hospital with no serious injuries.

46-year-old David H. Rose and his wife, 44-year-old Kristy A. Kallback Rose, were traveling south on Ind. 37 in a Honda Odyssey with their two daughters when a Ford Taurus in the northbound lanes of Ind. 37 crossed over the median into their path about nine miles north of Martinsville.

IU Health Methodist Hospital Public Relations Specialist Daniella Sirilla says that David, Kristy and their 7­ and 10­-year-old daughters were treated for bruises and soreness and discharged from the hospital Thursday afternoon.

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil, all were wearing seatbelts during the incident.

However four people in the 2002 Taurus, all teenagers from Brownsburg, died in the crash.

The driver, 17-year-old Mathew H. Chambers, and his passengers; 18-year-old Lucas Edwin Kenworthy, 17-year-old Noah James Tex and 17-year-old Riley Davis Hurst; who were not wearing seat belts, died during the incident.

Passenger 22-year-old Ryan Michael Rickenbacker, also of Brownsburg, was wearing a seatbelt during the crash. He was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital for treatment of broken ribs and lung and spleen contusions.

Indiana State Police is still investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred just north of Ind. 37's intersection at Cragen Road.

"Unfortunately, 'Click it or Ticket,' 'Seat Belt Saves Lives' and 'Make it Click' are all cliche until a tragedy such as this occurs," Durnil worte in an email. "It is my hope and prayer that if anything good can come from such devastation, it will be that motorists renew their vigilance in seat belt usage and more lives will be saved."

Counselors were made available to students of Brownsburg High School and Harris Academy, Brownsburg Schools said in a statement Thursday morning. Online crowdfunding campaigns through GoFundMe in support of the teens killed in the crash had raised more than $5,000 as of Thursday evening.

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