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Crash Claims Life Of Hanover Woman
Updated December 26, 2016 8:36 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(RIPLEY C.) - A Christmas Day crash claimed the life of a Hanover woman.

The crash happened at approximately 3:10 p.m. on U.S. 50 near County Road 450 East at Elrod in Ripley County.

According to the initial investigation by Trooper Joe Uhler, a 2003 Chevrolet Astro van being driven by 27-year-old Tori D. Garcia, of Hanover, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 50 near County Road 450 East in Ripley County. For an unknown reason, Garcia's vehicle left the south side of the roadway and overturned, before striking a tree.

Garcia sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ripley County Coroner's Office. The front seat passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Kaleb A. Skirvin, of Madison, sustained minor injuries and was treated and released. A 4-year-old female child in the vehicle sustained critical injuries. She was transported to a Cincinnati area hospital for treatment.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol and drugs played a role in the crash. The wet roadway and foggy conditions may have been factors in the crash. Garcia and Skirvin were not believed to be wearing their seatbelts when the crash occurred.

The investigation is ongoing.

Trp. Uhler was assisted by other troopers from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post, the Ripley County Sheriff's Department, Ripley County Fire and EMS, and the Ripley County Coroner's Office.

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