Sunday crash leaves Decatur woman dead

     The Indiana State Police is investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred Sunday that fatally injured a Decatur woman and hospitalized four others.
    According to a news release, a preliminary investigation conducted by Master Trooper Kurt Jack stated that at approximately 4 p.m., a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by Tyler Cowans, 47, Decatur was traveling southbound on U.S. 27, south of County Road 850N, when the left rear wheel assembly reportedly came off of the vehicle causing Cowans to lose control. The Expedition, which was originally traveling in the driving lane, traveled off the roadway and into the west ditch where it began to roll and came to rest on its top.
    Cowans, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered head and internal injuries and was transported to Lutheran Hospital. He was listed in critical condition this morning at Lutheran in their intensive care unit. The front seat passenger in the vehicle, who was also not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by Adams County Coroner Leslie Cook. Officials have not released the name of the deceased, however posts on social media sites by family members report the victim as Ronda Cowans, Decatur.
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