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Shelbyville HS senior dies in crash on I-74; school to offer counseling

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The Shelbyville High School community is mourning the death of a student in a Saturday car crash.

Nolan Parker, who died Saturday after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 74, was a senior at Shelbyville High School, where his sister also attends. His mother teaches at Coulston Elementary School, Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent Mary Harper confirmed Sunday.

The school on Sunday was “making plans to support students and staff as we all come to terms with our tremendous loss,” Harper said.

Shelbyville High School shared more details on its Facebook page Sunday and said counseling would be available Monday morning:

Our Shelbyville Central Schools' community has heavy hearts. We stand strong with Mike, Kristin, and Sophia Parker as…

Posted by Shelbyville High School on Sunday, March 15, 2020

SHS will have counseling services available Monday morning beginning at 8:30. Please enter through the front entrance of SHS. (PLEASE SHARE)

Posted by Shelbyville High School on Sunday, March 15, 2020

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday the crash happened just after 12 p.m. Saturday between mile markers 114 and 115 on eastbound I-74.

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A 17-year-old male driver of a white 2003 Honda Accord was driving westbound when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed the median, authorities say. His vehicle was hit by a 2019 Nissan Murano driven by Carl Walton, 85, of Indianapolis.

All three male occupants in the Honda suffered serious injuries and were taken to Methodist Hospital. The 18-year-old front seat passenger of the Honda later died from his injuries.

Walton and 76-year-old Lillie Walton, who was a passenger in the Nissan, were taken to Eskenazi Hospital with serious injuries. Angela Harvey, 51, of Fairland, was also a passenger in the Nissan and was taken to Methodist hospital for treatment. A fourth passenger was not injured.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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