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Alcohol involved in accident that killed two teenage girls

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Drinking was involved in an accident that killed two girls and ejected everyone from the car late Thursday, Porter County Sheriff¹s Police said.

Rhonda Sommerville, 16 of Hebron and Megan Haughee, age not provided, also of Hebron were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police at 11:15 p.m., Thursday Amber Sykora, 15, of Hebron, called 911 after leaving the scene of the accident in a country field and breaking into a house to make the phone call.

When police arrived, they found Sykora covered with blood sitting on a sofa in the house at 589 S 250W. She advised police she woke up, but her friends were still laying in a field close by. Police called EMS and went outside to locate the accident. Sykora could not remember anything about the accident, but that she was sitting in the back seat behind the front passenger. She identified the driver as Sommerville and her other friend Haughee was sitting behind the driver in the back seat. Nicholas Ramirez, 17, of Hebron, was sitting in the front passenger seat.

None of the teens were wearing seatbelts and all had been drinking, police said.

Police said evidence at the scene indicates the car was heading westbound on CR 600S. As the car approached a curve on CR 600S, the driver failed to make the turn, causing the vehicle to leave the road, flipped and ejected all four occupants.

The injured were transported to Porter County Hospital.


Posted 4/16/2004