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Teenager struck by car dies

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A New Whiteland teen was killed this weekend after being struck by a car.

Tyler Deputy, 19, was walking along South Emerson Avenue north of Tracy Road in Whiteland about 5:40 p.m. Saturday when he was hit by a car driven by Tabitha Walters, 33, of Whiteland. Deputy was flown by medical helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and died about 8 p.m., a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

At least three witnesses saw Deputy walking south along Emerson as Walters, who was driving south, approached. The speed limit is 40 mph and the witnesses told police they thought Walters was speeding, the report said. Accident investigators do not yet know how fast she was traveling, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Walters told police she went around Deputy as he walked along the side of the road, and that he crossed in front of her car as she was passing him.

Two witnesses told deputies they saw Deputy start to cross Emerson and that as Walters approached her car moved from the southbound lane to the northbound lane. He was struck by the driver’s side of the vehicle, Cox and the report said.

Walters was treated at Community South Hospital for neck pain. She was cited for driving left of the center line.

Both she and Deputy had their blood drawn, which is standard procedure in fatal accidents, Cox said.

After the results of toxicology reports come back in a few weeks, the sheriff’s office will send their report to the Johnson County prosecutor, who will decide whether any charges should be filed. This is also standard procedure in fatal accidents, Cox said.

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