Police: Alcohol, marijuana were factors in fatal Brownsburg crash

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Brownsburg police confirm Monday that alcohol and marijuana were factors in a Brownsburg crash that killed one teenager and injured four others Saturday morning.

Police were called to the 6900 block of County Road 550 East just before 9 a.m. Saturday, after a Pontiac Grand Am crashed into a tree. 

A passenger in the backseat, 18-year-old Nathan Gentry, was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The driver, 17-year-old Chris Hubbard, sustained a hip fracture, punctured lung and a cracked sternum. Front-seat passenger, 18-year-old Shawn Bloomquist, was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in critical condition.  Detectives said Bloomquist was the only person wearing a seatbelt.  Taylor LaMonte, 16, was transported to Wishard Hospital with a dislocated knee, a broken leg, broken hip, broken pelvis and two broken arms. The final occupant, 16-year-old Ian Cherco, was released from the hospital Sunday.

Police said they were able to determine drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash due to statements and evidence gathered at the scene.  They said they anticipate charges will be filed and are working to get warrants for blood samples from the teenagers involved in the crash.

Brownsburg Police are also seeking statements related to a graduation party held the night before the crash.

Fox59 has independently confirmed that all five teens involved in the fatal accident spent Friday night at a bonfire graduation party at the home of 18-year-old Shawn Bloomquist. Friends said Shawn's older brother was at the party but their father was out of the country on a mission trip.

Brownsburg investigators want to know if underage drinking or drug use were present at the party. A teen who said he was at the party told Fox59 he saw nothing of the kind.

"There was no drinking, we were just having fun," said Cameron Stemshorn. "It was a bonfire, we weren't doing anything."

When asked who was in charge of the home at the time, Stemshord said, "Nobody was in charge.  It's Shawn's house."

A calling for Gentry will be held Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Connection Point Church.  His funeral will be Thursday, May 24 at 10 a.m.

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