Victims from Monday's fatal crash died from blunt force injuries – Journal & Courier

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Kimberly Burge, 56, and Jaden Harvey, 17, both died from blunt force injuries to the head and chest suffered about 9:25 p.m. Monday in a car accident at U.S. 52 and Tippecanoe County Road 400 West, according to preliminary autopsy results released Friday.
Burge and Harvey both lived in Benton County, and their autopsies were done Friday morning, according to Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello.
Costello’s preliminary autopsy reports also indicated Burge suffered additional blunt force injuries to her neck.
Burge and Harvey’s deaths were both ruled to be accidental, Costello noted in a news release..
Burge was driving westbound on U.S. 52 when a northbound Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Brent Wills, 44, entered the intersection and T-boned Burge’s Pontiac, Indiana State Police said, releasing Wills’ name on Thursday. Burge and Harvey were pronounced dead at the scene.
As with all fatal crashes, the toxicology of the drivers is pending, Indiana State Police said Friday.
Burge’s other passenger, Rylan Burge, was injured and was hospitalized, according to a condolence letter published Tuesday from Benton Community Schools Superintendent Annette Zupin.
Indiana State Police confirmed that Rylan Burge and Wills both were taken to the hospital after the crash, but as of Thursday, they did not have a condition on either.
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