Four die in fiery crash on State Road 111 - News, Weather & Sports

Four die in fiery crash on State Road 111

The scene of the crash. The scene of the crash.
Angela Roby and her daughter. Angela Roby and her daughter.

FLOYD COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A night out with friends leaves four people dead and one person in the hospital. Two cars crashed into each other near Horseshoe Casino early Monday morning on State Road 111 in Floyd County.

The accident involved a taxi and a Cadillac. Four people were in the taxi, three of them died. The lone survivor of the taxi was taken to University Hospital. The driver of the Cadillac was identified as Thomas Stinson Jr. of Louisville. The coroner said he died from multiple blunt force injuries.

The victims in the taxi have been identified as Michael Roby of Louisville, who was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle, Tara Hirsekorn, who was also in the backseat and Laura Weigand who was sitting in the front seat.

Roby's wife spoke with WAVE 3. She said her husband was out with his three friends when the crash happened.

"It's pretty overwhelming," said Angela Roby.

Roby said the last time she heard from her husband, was around 10 Sunday night.

"They were having some drinks and going to go to the casino," said Roby.

Michael Roby was a father of two. Roby said everyone in the taxi, including the driver were friends. The driver of the taxi was off duty.

Collean Carroll lives off State Road 111 and around midnight she was awake watching TV.

"You heard this big crash and everybody flew out of the house," said Collean Carroll. "The car exploded. We were scared the second one was going to. One guy crawled out he just kept saying everyone he loved was in that car his two best friends and love of his life."

Police said the driver of taxi was going south, lost control and veered off the side of the road, over corrected, crossed the center line and hit a Cadillac head on.

The taxi burst into flames, the driver was able to get out of the car. The cabs three passengers, including Michael, were not able to get out. Police said they died in the fire.

"We are not far enough along in the investigation to know if there was impairment at this time," said Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills.

For those that live along State Road 111, they have seen one too many accidents in front of their homes.

Angela Roby is now worried about her children.

"They were crying their eyes out," said Angela Roby. "Maya had to hold her for an hour and right now they are not coping with the reality of it."

Tuesday afternoon, the Floyd County Sheriff's Office along with the Floyd County Prosecutor plan on having a press conference with the latest on the crash.

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