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Crashes lead to pair of fatalities


October 30, 2013
A 52-year-old English man died from injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle crash Saturday night.

Crawford County 911 received a call at approximately 7:11 p.m. of a two-vehicle crash at S.R. 64 and Grunden Lane, west of Marengo.

A witness reported that a 1998 Dodge truck traveling west and later identified as being driven by Ricky Young of English appeared to brake hard while approaching a second vehicle also traveling west on S.R. 64. Young's vehicle, according to police, then crossed left of center and collided with a 2002 Chevy truck driven by Michael Huddleston of English, who was traveling east on S.R. 64.

First responders from Marengo-Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department were first on the scene and reported that Young had been ejected from the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at the scene by Crawford County Deputy Coroner Dale Roll.

Huddleston was treated by Crawford County Emergency Medical Services for non-life threatening injuries.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Department, assisted by the Indiana State Police accident scene reconstruction officer, investigated. Marengo and Milltown police, along with the English VFD, also assisted.

Toxicology results are pending.

Earlier in the week, on Oct. 22, James B. Shirilla, 19, of New Salisbury died from injuries sustained in a single-car crash.

According to a crash report from the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Shirilla was driving a 1994 Dodge Shadow east on S.R. 64, east of New Salisbury.

A witness who was behind Shirilla from the traffic signal in New Salisbury said Shirilla was driving at approximately 55 mph and showed no signs of erratic driving until the time he crashed. The witness said Shirilla swerved left, then right and then back left again just before heading down an embankment and striking a tree head-on.

The witness immediately called 911, police said.

According to the report, EMS workers noted Shirilla never showed any signs of life upon being extricated from the vehicle. Shirilla was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, which happened in the 2600 block of S.R. 64 about 5,200 feet east of the traffic signal in New Salisbury.

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