Scipio man dies in State Road 7 crash

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police.

A 24-year old driver died and his passenger was seriously injured in a crash on State Road 7 Friday morning.

Justin T. Spears was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Jennings County Coroner’s office.  His passenger, 18-year-old Kaitlyn M. Lord, suffered serious injuries and was flown by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

According to the Indiana State Police, Spears was driving south on County Road 700W at about 8 a.m. and pulled onto State Road 7 into the path of a dump truck being driven by 24-year-old  Levi G. Horton of Seymour. Despite Horton’s attempt to avoid the crash, the dump truck hit the driver’s side of Spears vehicle, says Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the state police.

Horton was not injured in the collision.

Assisting the state police at the scene of the crash were the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Scipio-Geneva Fire Department, Jennings County EMS,  31 Wrecker Service, and Clark’s Wrecker Service.