Coatesville area woman, 29, dies in U.S. 36 accident

Monday, April 6, 2015

BAINBRIDGE -- A 29-year-old Coatesville area woman was fatally injured in one-car accident Saturday night on U.S. 36 east of Bainbridge, the Putnam County Sheriff's Department reported.

Megan Witty, a Spanish teacher at Brownsburg High School in Hendricks County, was pronounced dead at the scene from head trauma, Sheriff Scott Stockton confirmed, after a westbound 1997 BMW driven by Alexander King, 28, Coatesville left the roadway about 6 p.m.

King was reportedly trapped in the car and needed to be extricated before being flown via medical helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital at Indianapolis.

Witnesses reported observing the BMW traveling at a high rate of speed before the driver lost control of the car when he failed to negotiate a curve just west of the bridge over Big Walnut Creek on U.S. 36.

The car went left of center and slid across the westbound lanes into the eastbound lanes before striking a rock retaining wall twice and coming to rest on the shoulder of the highway, deputies said.

The accident remains under investigation.

The crash was investigated by Deputy Matthew Biggs, with assistance from Deputy Mike Downing and Capt. Thomas Helmer.

Assisting at the scene was personnel from the Bainbridge and Floyd Township Fire, PMH Ambulance Service, Operation Life Ambulance Service and the Putnam County Coroner's Office.

According to a statement from the school, Witty and her fiancÚ were traveling to visit her parents.

Counselors will be available at the school throughout the week to speak with students and staff members, if needed, Brownsburg High School Principal Bret Daghe said in a letter sent to parents.

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  • very sad

    -- Posted by BEECEE23 on Mon, Apr 6, 2015, at 1:42 PM
  • My heart goes out to her friends and family. May she rest in peace. I have lost loved ones in automobile accidents myself. So sad.

    -- Posted by interestedperson#1 on Tue, Apr 7, 2015, at 1:22 PM
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