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New Palestine woman killed in two-car crash

A New Palestine woman has died following a two-car accident on U.S. 52 just east of New Palestine. 


According to the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, deputies were called to a head-on crash in the 3500 block of West U.S. 52 between a Kia Optima and a Chevrolet sedan. 


Katherine Weaver, 30, New Palestine, was declared dead at the scene. She was a passenger in the Chevrolet. 

According to police, the Kia was eastbound on U.S. 52 and turned into the path of the Chevrolet, which was traveling westbound.  James Ridenour, 40, New Palestine, was the driver of the Chevrolet and attempted to avoid the crash, but was not successful. 


The Kia was driven by Andrew Akers, 26, Greenfield, who was transported to IU Methodist with broken bones and leg trauma. 


According to police, Weaver leaves behind four children, who range in age from 5 to 13. Ridenour is the father of two of the children.