Nursing student killed in Kentucky wreck

Bobby Shipman

A 22-year-old USI student died Sunday morning in a car accident.

Senior nursing major Alyssa Wagner of Ireland, Indiana, was driving northbound on the Pennyrile Parkway in Kentucky in a 2004 Lincoln Aviator carrying five passengers, according to Kentucky State Police, when for unknown reasons her vehicle exited the left-hand shoulder of the roadway near the 30-mile marker and struck an overpass support column at 11:15 a.m.

Wagner’s vehicle then re-entered the northbound lanes, where police said it overturned onto its passenger side – stopping in the roadway.

Police said Wagner was wearing a seat belt but succumbed to her injuries at the scene. She was pronounced dead by the Hopkins County Coroner.

Passengers Lauren Cessan, 22, of Ogden, Illinois, Kristen Hostetter, 23, of Bloomfield, and Jennah Banks, 23, of Rockport, were transported to Baptist Health for treatment to their injuries.

Hostetter and Banks are also USI students.

Passenger Jarod Daming, 24, from Newburgh, was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville and passenger Malcolm Webb, 23, from Rockport, was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment to their injuries.

Wagner was set to graduate in May.

A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland followed by a burial at the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.   

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland or a favorite charity.

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