Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that occurred last week killing one Gibson County man and leaving his teenage passenger in critical condition.

According to a release for Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Law Enforcement, Gibson County Central Dispatch received a 911 at 4:36 p.m. on Monday, March 16, about an accident at the intersection of State Road 168 and County Road 550 East. The release states that an initial investigation showed that a side by side ORV driven by Zane Wampler, 18, of Princeton, with a juvenile passenger, was driving southbound on County Road 550 East when attempting to pull out onto State Road 168.

According to the release, the ORV was struck by a pickup truck traveling eastbound on State Road 168.

The release states that Wampler was ejected from the ORV while the juvenile passenger remained in the ORV. Both were transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville where Wampler was pronounced dead while the juvenile was in critical condition

According to the release, helmets and protective riding gear were not being worn at the time of the accident. Indiana law requires anyone under 18 that is operator or passenger of an ORV to wear a helmet.

The investigation is considered ongoing.

Assisting agencies from Indiana included Gibson and Vanderburgh County coroner’s offices, Owensville EMS, Fort Branch EMS, Oakland City EMS, Barton Township Fire Department, Fort Branch and Haubstadt fire departments, Stat Flight, Gibson County Sheriff’s Department, Haubstadt Police Department, and Indiana State Police.

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