Share story

GASTON, Ind. (AP) — Eastern Indiana police say a fourth person has died following a February collision between two cars.

Delaware County Sheriff Ray Dudley says 68-year-old Benjamin C. Parsons of rural Muncie died Tuesday at an Indianapolis hospital.

Police say he was driving Feb. 27 when a car driven by 18-year-old Joshua Lowell Hartley of rural Gaston crossed the center line and crashed into Parsons’ vehicle.

Hartley and a 28-year-old passenger, Matthew T. Cass of Muncie, were pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, 18-year-old Lydia J. Astrop of Albany, died the next day.

Most Read Nation & World Stories

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks.

The Star Press reports that Parsons’ death leaves Hartley’s twin brother, Jacob, as the crash’s sole survivor. He remained hospitalized Tuesday in serious condition.

A witness told police that Joshua Hartley’s car was speeding shortly before the collision.


Information from: The Star Press,