Perry County teen killed in single-vehicle crash

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PERRY COUNTY – A Perry Central High School student lost his life in a one-vehicle accident Friday on Deer Creek Road.

According to Indiana State Police, Steven Thomasson, 17, of rural Cannelton, died when his 2002 GMC pickup truck traveled off the west side of the road near Thistle Drive and struck several trees.

Thomasson was reported missing Friday afternoon after his mother phoned police to report he never arrived at school on what was the first day of classes for the new school year and that family members could not locate him.

Dispatchers issued an attempt-to-locate request.

Shortly after midnight Saturday, police received a call that the teen’s friends had found the vehicle and that Thomasson was inside. The county rescue squad responded, as did paramedics, but Thomasson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Indiana State Police Trooper Charlie Johnson led the investigation and was assisted by Perry County sheriff’s deputies. Police said Thomasson was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.