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Amish teen dies in car accident in Indiana

A tragic accident has claimed the life of a member of the Amish community, according to local sources. Indiana State Police have reported the 17-year-old boy was killed in a car accident that involved three vehicles and the horse and buggy in which he was riding. For the moment, no one has been charged with an offense in this case.

According to the accident report, the victim was a passenger in a buggy being driven by a 21-year-old man around 9:30 p.m. the evening of May 5. When the accident occurred, the buggy was struck from behind by a car and pushed into the center of the road. It was then sideswiped by a second vehicle, causing the 17-year-old boy to be ejected from the buggy.

He was thrown into the path of a third vehicle that struck him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown whether the driver of the buggy suffered any injuries in the crash, but it has been confirmed that the horse was treated on the scene by a veterinarian. Police are still investigating what caused the initial impact.

While the Amish community traditionally keeps itself separate from the modern world, they are still afforded the same legal rights under Indiana law as any other resident of the state. This means in the case of the car accident that killed the 17-year-old boy, the family of the victim could pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who initially struck the buggy. Even if that driver is not criminally charged, they could still make a case for his or her culpability in a civil court setting.

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