3 Indiana State University students killed, 2 injured in weekend crash


CHICAGO (SCS) — A Waukegan teenager was among three Indiana State University students killed in a crash early Sunday morning about 10 miles from campus. Two other students were seriously injured in the accident,

The single-vehicle crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on Indiana State Road 46 at Main Street in Riley, Indiana, where the car veered off the road and hit a tree, according to Vigo County Sheriff’s Office.

The car was on fire when sheriff’s deputies arrived. Two passengers were rescued from the vehicle and taken to hospital with serious injuries. The driver and two other passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Indiana State University confirmed that the five people in the car were students. The three people who died were Christian Eubanks, 18, of Waukegan, Illinois; Jayden Musili, 19, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and Caleb VanHooser, 19, of Liberty Township, Ohio.

University officials said Eubanks and VanHooser were freshmen on the ISU soccer team. Eubanks attended Warren Township High School in Gurnee.

The two survivors have been identified as Omarian Dixon, 20, of Lafayette, Indiana; and John Moore, 19, of Wheaton, Illinois. The university said they were both ISU football players as well.

“There are no words to express the depth of our sadness at this tragedy,” UIS President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis said in a statement posted on the university’s website. . “We send our condolences to the family and friends of the students involved. The Sycamore family is grieving and will support each other during this time of grief.”

The ISU football team did not practice on Monday. The university said its student-athletes gathered Sunday night at Memorial Stadium to mourn the deaths of their teammates.

“This is a terrible day for Indiana State football and a devastating loss for the Eubanks and VanHooser families. Both young men were quality individuals who were loved and respected by their teammates and this staff. To say they will be missed is an understatement. Our continued prayers and support go out to their families, friends and teammates during this difficult time,” head football coach Curt Mallory said in a statement.


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