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Driver Dies in Hwy 57 Crash That Sent Four to the Hospital

One person died on Thursday after a major crash on Highway 57.

Posted: Feb 17, 2021 5:54 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2021 10:56 AM

Update: According to the Vanderburgh County Coroner, the driver of the red 1997 Mitsubishi 3000 GT that veered into oncoming traffic on Highway 57, Wednesday night, has died.

The coroner identifying the victim as Olivier Elize, 34, from Washington, Indiana.

Elize was ejected from the car when it split in two, after colliding with a minivan. He was breathing when first responders reached him and was taken to an area hospital, but did not survive critical injuries.

Three people in the minivan suffered minor injuries.

Investigators believe Elize was speeding when he tried to avoid a red light by swerving into the turning lane at the Kansas Road intersection. They suspect he lost control on the icy road way and crossed into the path of the van.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office has indictated alcohol may have been a factor. The investigation is ongoing and pending a toxicology report and crash reconstruction data.

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A crash that seriously injured one driver and sent three others to the hospital is still under investigation tonight, as deputies await toxicology reports and crash re-construction data.

North and southbound lanes of Highway 57 near Kansas Road in Evansville closed just before 6 PM after the serious collision.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, the driver of a red car was driving too fast and trying to beat a red light by attempting to pass cars in the turn lane, before colliding with a mini-van and ultimately, splitting the car in two.

"There was one occupant of the red car, he was ejected at the scene, he was taken to the local hospital and his injuries are unknown at this time. There were three occupants in the minivan, they seem to be less serious injuries at this point, but again, we're early in the investigation at this point so we'll just have to see what happens from there," explained Lt. Nathan Sugarman with the Sheriff's Office.

44News teams will update you with more information on-air and online as the story develops.

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