Woman dies after passing out on Indiana theme park’s ride

SANTA CLAUS — An Ohio woman who passed out while riding a roller coaster at a southern Indiana theme park later died at a local hospital, a coroner said.

Dubois County Coroner Katie Schuck said Dawn R. Jankovic, 47, of Brunswick, Ohio, died Friday night at a Jasper hospital. She was found unconscious earlier that evening when The Voyage roller coaster completed a ride and returned to a station at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

Schuck said an autopsy has been completed and the results are pending notification of family members, the Evansville Courier & Press reported.

After Jankovic was found unconscious, she was treated by Holiday World emergency medical technicians before an ambulance transported her to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where she died, according to a post on the park’s Facebook page.

“A full inspection of the roller coaster has been performed, and it was determined that the ride operated as it was intended to,” Holiday World officials said in that post.

Park officials said that The Voyage “remained closed for the evening out of respect for the family.”

Authorities: 2 dead in small plane crash in central Indiana

DARLINGTON — A single-engine plane that left an Indianapolis flight school crashed Sunday morning in a central Indiana field, killing both people on board, according to Indiana State Police.

The plane crashed outside small community of Darlington before 10:30 a.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Tammy Jones. She said the plane left the Lift Academy in Indianapolis, roughly 50 miles away, before 10 a.m. Darlington’s population is about 860.

Both people on board were pronounced dead at the scene, said Indiana State Police Sergeant Jeremy Piers. He said the names would not be released publicly until family members were notified.

The Montgomery County sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that an intersection outside of Darlington was closed because of an accident and would remain so for “an extended amount of time” during the investigation. The office didn’t immediately have further details.

“We are heartbroken by this tragic accident and the loss of our team members,” Lift Academy spokesman Jon Austin said in an email.

He did not have further details about who was on board the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that an agency investigator was responding to the scene.

Feds oppose delaying Muncie officers’ excessive force trial

MUNCIE — Federal prosecutors are objecting to an effort by four Muncie police officers to delay their trial on allegations they used excessive force during arrests or tried to cover up that misconduct.

The officers are set to stand trial in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis on Sept. 21 — a date attorneys in the case agreed to last November, according to Acting U.S. Attorney John Childress.

But Childress said in a recent motion that lawyers for officers Chase Winkle, Jeremy Gibson, Joseph Krejsa and Corey Posey now want to have the trial, which has already been postponed three times, reset for January 2022.

He said they are seeking the delay in large part because prosecutors in April added a fourth defendant, Posey, who faces “a single false report charge,” The Star Press reported.

At that time, additional allegations of excessive force and false reporting were also added to the counts already pending against Winkle and Gibson.

“Defendants have ample time to prepare for trial,” Childress wrote in his motion, which said that the government requests that a federal judge deny their request for the new delay.

He also said “the public interest favors maintaining the trial date,” and noted that the Muncie officers are charged with “serious civil rights and obstruction offenses in connection with seven different victims.”

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