Police Identify Those Who Died After Vehicle Goes Into Lake Monroe

(LAKE MONROE) – Indiana Conservation Officers have identified those involved in Saturday night’s incident at Paynetown State Recreation Area at Monroe Lake.

They are 67-year-old Estella Huerta, 31-year-old Alejandro Hernandez-Huerta, and an adolescent juvenile, all from Lawrence, Indiana. 

Investigation into the events that led up to the incident are still underway. 

More information will be released as it becomes available.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., Saturday, witnesses reported seeing a vehicle drive down the Paynetown State Recreation Area boat ramp and enter the water. 

The driver called out for help and attempted to exit the vehicle. 

The witnesses were not able to rescue the occupants before the vehicle became to submerge. 

Monroe County Dive Team responded and were able to locate and remove three from the vehicle.  The adults were declared deceased at the scene.  The child was transported to IU Health Bloomington and was declared deceased upon arrival.

Additional agencies assisting at the scene included Perry Clear Creek Fire, IU Health EMS, and Monroe Fire.