Fatal Crash Early Sunday In Ripley County

Posted On January 05, 2014

By Mike Perleberg


image(Versailles, Ind.) – A Versailles man died and two other town residents were injured in an early Sunday morning crash.


According to Indiana State Police, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Ripley County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a single vehicle crash on State Road 129 just north of County Road 300 North.


Troopers say a 2001 Dodge mini van driven by Zachary Smith, 32, of Versailles, was northbound on SR 129 reportedly weaving all over the roadway. The van left the west side of the highway and entered a ditch where it overturned several times ejecting Smith and the front seat passenger, Jessie Windell, 54, of Versailles.


Also in the vehicle was Casey Sentell, 23, of Versailles.


All three were transported to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville where Smith died en route. Windell and Sentell were both treated for back and neck pain.


Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash and the crash was not weather related, troopers said. 

The crash remains under investigation.


Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by Milan Police and the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office.