Teen killed, 3 others hurt after crash in Whitley County

WHITLEY CO., Ind. (WANE) – A 17-year-old Warsaw boy was killed and another teen suffered life-threatening injuries in an overnight crash near Larwill, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

The crash happened at the intersection of State Road 5 and U.S. 30 just after 1 a.m. Sunday.

According to investigators, a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 25-year-old Chase Belcher of Warsaw failed to stop at a red light and collided with a 1999 Ford coupe driven by 16-year-old Phillip D. Caudill Jr. of Warsaw. Police said the vehicles continued for approximately 300 feet before coming to a stop.

A passenger in Caudill’s vehicle – 17-year-old Jack T. Burchett of Warsaw – was killed in the crash. Another passenger – 18-year-old Jacob T. Burchett of Warsaw – was taken to a hospital with two broken legs, according to a police report. Caudill suffered brain bleeding, a collapsed lung and a broken leg and was hospital, as well.

Belcher was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital with cuts to his head.

The crash remains under investigation.