My best friend's daughter and her friends came home to Indiana from New College for their holiday break, there were three of them that graduated from Indiana Academy at Ball State and went on to New College. They were on their first road trip after their first college sesson and they will go back without one of them. Very, very sad.
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New Castle - One teenager died and another was injured Friday after a sledding accident in Henry County.
Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker says 19-year-old Jessica Wantz sustained massive head injuries in the accident at Memorial Park in New Castle around 5:20 p.m. Friday.
"She spun around backwards and ran into a building that's located at the bottom of the hill," said Sheriff Baker.
Investigators say Wantz was riding with a friend, 17-year-old James Bowling, when the accident occurred. Investigators say he suffered a mild concussion and a hip injury. He was treated and released from Henry County Hospital.
The sheriff said Wantz took the brunt of the impact. She passed away Saturday afternoon.
"When the tube hit the building the back of her head was what actually hit the back of the building," said Sheriff Baker.
Authorities say the two teens were on an inflatable tube which has no way of steering. Sledders say the only way to avoid hitting an object you're headed toward is just to jump off.
"From personal experience, having to go down that hill on a tube, you can't really control a tube," Sheriff Baker said. "The tube sort of has it's own path and it'll turn around on you and you can't control that either. So I don't think they intended to go backwards, I think it's something that just happened."
"That's kind of scary. You've got to be sure to stay away from that stuff. You don't want to take a chance and go real close to it, that's just normal precaution," said New Castle resident Angie Becker.
Some parents say there should be some sort of barrier around these buildings to absorb the impact.
"Obviously, bales of hay or stacked up tires or anything like that would probably cushion it and might change the outcome of somebody who took that direction and ended up toward that building, but there's no guarantee one way or the other," Sheriff Baker said.
He says no matter what is in place, every time a sledder takes on hill they're taking a chance.
Friends and family of Wantz have started a group on Facebook in her memory. She is a 2009 graduate of The Indiana Academy and was attending college at New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida at the time of her death.