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Franklin student, 17, killed in Tuesday crash

A Franklin High School student was killed in a one-vehicle Johnson County accident Tuesday.


It happened just after 3:00 pm.  The driver, Colton Alexander Leeper, 17, of Franklin, was northbound on Hurricane Road, north of Early Wood Drive (300N), in his a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban. A witness to the accident told deputies that the Suburban crossed the center line in front of her, then the driver attempted to gain control, although while doing so left the roadway.  That caused the vehicle to roll over.


Emergency personnel from the Needham Fire Department and Seals Ambulance Service responded to the scene. Leeper was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he succumbed to his injuries Tuesday evening.


The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was in communications with administrators of the Franklin Community School Corporation as well as the father of Colton Leeper.