• Bill Raines

Washington High School Student Dies from Injuries Suffered in Auto Accident in Knox County

KNOX COUNTY - MAY 21, 2022 - Friday May 20, 2022, at approximately 5:00 PM Sheriff’s deputies responded to US 50 East near Robinson Road in Knox County for a single vehicle crash with injuries.


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Upon arrival deputies discovered the 17-year-old male driver had been traveling West on US 50 and for unknown reasons crossed over the center median and spun around in the east bound lanes, rolling over at least once and then coming to rest in the center median.


At least two of the 5 occupants were thrown from the vehicle.


Among the occupants were a 15-year-old female and a 17-year-old male that were transported by ambulance to Daviess County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


The other three were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in critical condition where they were stabilized and later transferred to surrounding hospitals by helicopter.


Those transferred by helicopter include the 17-year-old male driver, a 17-year-old male passenger and 14-year-old female passenger.

The incident remains under investigation and details are subject to change.

State Police assisted Sheriff's deputies with traffic and crash reconstruction.

Further information will be released after family notification has been made.


The principal released the following statement:


Washington Community Schools Families,

It is with regret that we share the news regarding several of our Washington HS students who were involved in a tragic single-car accident yesterday evening.


We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our beloved high school students who passed away early this morning after a fierce battle with his injuries.


We have two high school students who are each in their own battles but appear to be making progress.


Two additional high school students were treated and released last night.


Please keep these students and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Additional counseling and support will be available for students and staff on Monday.

With a heavy heart,

Steve Peterson

Principal, Washington High School


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