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Two Shelby Co. residents, one a student at SHS, killed in Kentucky car crash

A Shelbyville High School student and a Shelby County woman were killed Saturday in a multi-vehicle accident in Kentucky.


According to a press release from the Shelbyville (KY) Police Department, law enforcement and emergency crews were dispatched just before 8:00 pm Saturday to Interstate 64 for a multiple vehicle accident.


An initial investigation revealed that a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Neina Marie Keel, of Fairland, IN, was traveling westbound when for an unknown reason the vehicle crossed the grassy median and struck an eastbound 2011 Chevy HHR driven by Darryl Lancaster, of Shelbyville, KY.


Keel was pronounced dead at the scene.  A juvenile passenger of the Pacifica was transported by helicopter with critical injuries to University of Louisville Hospital.  That juvenile, later identified as Rushelle Renee Boswell, 16, of Shelbyville, IN, died at the hospital.  (obituary information for Rushelle Boswell is available below)


Two other juvenile Pacifica passengers were transported to area hospitals in serious condition.


Lancaster was also pronounced dead at the scene.  He was the only occupant of the HHR.


A third vehicle was involved in the crash.  The driver was not injured.


As part of the investigation, toxicology reports are pending on all drivers.


The Shelbyville (KY) Police Department operates a joint accident reconstruction team with the Shelby County (KY) Sheriff's Office.  They were assisted by the Simponsville Fire Department, Shelby County EMS, KSP Post 12 Frankfort and the Shelby County Coroner's Office.



Rushelle Renee Boswell, 16, of Shelbyville

Rushelle Renee Boswell, 16, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021, at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.


She was born September 13, 2004, the daughter of Robert L. and Susan Marie (Smith) Boswell.

Rushelle is survived by her parents of Shelbyville; paternal grandparents, Judy and Tom Settles of Shelbyville; maternal grandparents, Tom and Sherry Smith of Shelbyville; and paternal great-grandmother, Betty Reed of Shelbyville.


She also leaves behind her dogs, Milo and Missy.


Rushelle would have begun her junior year at Shelbyville High School this fall.


She worked in the dairy department at Walmart.


Rushelle enjoyed old square body Chevy trucks, going fishing and shooting, and listening to music.


Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.


Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2021 at the funeral home.


Memorial contributions may be made to the J. Kenneth Self Boys and Girls Club, 710 S. Miller St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.


Online condolences may be shared with Rushelle’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.