A Crothersville couple, married just two months ago, died in a four-vehicle wreck that left U.S. 50 east of Seymour closed for nearly three hours Friday evening.
The same wreck that led to the deaths of Tiffany Willhite, 25, and Christopher Lee Muncy, 27, also left a woman hospitalized with a leg injury in Indianapolis, according to Indiana State Police Trooper Seth Davidson’s report.
Chelsea Bowling, 27, of Seymour was treated and taken by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Davidson said. She was later flown to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
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According to the preliminary investigation, the wreck began when a 2007 Ford 150 pickup driven east on U.S. 50 by Larry Jacobs, 65, of Commiskey, slowed because a motorist in front of him was making a turn.
Bowling, driving east in a red 1997 Chevrolet Silverado, hit the rear of Jacobs’ truck, Davidson said. The truck then crossed the center line and hit the brown 1999 Hyundai Willhite was driving west.
The Silverado pushed the Hyundai off the road and into a ditch, police said. The truck then landed on top of the Hyundai, leading to the deaths of both Willhite and Muncy, Davidson said.
A 2012 Chevrolet van, being driven east on U.S. 50 by Jacob Simmons, 32, of Seymour, then struck a tool box, which had come off of the Silverado.
Jacobs and Simmons did not report any injuries.
The mother of Tiffany Willhite has established a GoFundMe account to raise money for her daughter’s funeral. Tanya Kay Willhite said she does not have the money to bury her daughter, who left behind a 6-year-old son, Brian Smith II, and a 3-year-old daughter, Baylie Willhite.
Tanya Willhite said Muncy was the father of Baylie Willhite, who is blind.
She said the family is devastated about the wreck that occurred as her daughter was taking her husband to work.
U.S. 50 was closed for nearly three hours for reconstruction and crash clean-up after the wreck near County Road 1225E. That wreck was reported at 4:37 p.m. Friday.
At this time, it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, Davidson said. Toxicology results are pending.
Police said Tiffany Willhite had a North Vernon address, but according to a marriage license issued by the Jackson County Clerk’s office on April 24, both she and Muncy shared a rural Crothersville home. Tiffany Willhite also said on her Facebook page that the couple were married the same day the license was issued.
This crash is still under investigation and is being reconstructed by Indiana State Police Sgt. Mark Helms. Davidson was assisted on the scene by Seymour Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Excise Police, Seymour Fire Department, Jackson County EMS, Jackson-Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department and 31 Wrecker Service.