One dead, one injured in car crash outside North Harrison H.S.

RAMSEY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A North Harrison High School student dies – and another is hurt – in a car crash outside the school.

The crash happened along West Whiskey Run Road in Ramsey, Indiana, just before 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say, 17-year old David Austin, a senior, was thrown from the car and killed.

The coroner says he died from blunt force trauma. The driver, another senior at the high school who was not identified, was airlifted to University Hospital where he was in stable condition late Tuesday.

Austin's death marks the third North Harrison student to die in less than a year. Two others died in December of last year.

"It's just a terrible, terrible thing. And now we just need to address those affected and do what's best for them," said Steve Hatton, Principal at North Harrison High School.

Jerry Boyd, a fellow senior, says he was "shocked" to hear the news and ran outside to check a news website on his cell phone.

"I think the generally feeling (among students) is sorrow for the family and their close friends," Boyd said.

Grief counselors were expected to be on hand at the school Wednesday morning. Two athletic events were canceled last night because of the crash.

Swaren's funeral home in Ramsey is handling the arrangements for Austin.

Sheriff Rod Seelye says high speed may have been a factor in the crash.  The sheriff's department's investigation is ongoing.

WDRB News images from the scene showed a small, 4-door Volkswagen with extensive damage to the passenger side and windshield.

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