Teen Victim Identified in DeKalb County Fatal Crash
Monday, March 9, 2020

Butler, IN – A 14 year old is dead and two other teenagers have been injured following a crash Saturday night. The crash happened just before 7p.m. in the 4500 block of County Road 59 near Butler in DeKalb County.

Investigators with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department say a car was traveling north-bound on County Road 59 when it started to run off the road. Reports indicate the driver of the car over corrected and lost control of the vehicle, running off the road and hitting a concrete sign, which caused the car to overturn.

According to police reports, the driver of the vehicle was Johnathan Sewell, age 16, of Leo. Authorities say Sewell suffered from a collapsed lung and shoulder injury. Hailee Heyman, age 15 of Auburn, was a backseat passenger and suffered from scratches on the head. Both Sewell and Heyman were taken to Parkview Regional Hospital to be checked for their injuries.

Authorities have identified Mitchell Stockwell, of Auburn, as the 14 year old who died in the crash. Stockwell was a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle. He reportedly died at the scene.

According to investigators, speed was a factor in the crash. Reports say everyone was wearing seat belts.

The crash remains under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department was assisted at the scene by the Butler Police, Butler Fire Department, Parkview Dekalb EMS, Indiana State Police, and the Dekalb County Coroner’s Office.


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