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Victims identified in fiery crash between cab, Cadillac

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The scene of the crash. The scene of the crash.
Angela Roby and her daughter. Angela Roby and her daughter.
Michael Roby Michael Roby
Tara Hirsekorn's family members. Tara Hirsekorn's family members.
Tara Hirsekorn Tara Hirsekorn

FLOYD COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A crash between a cab and a Cadillac left four people dead.

The crash happened on Indiana 111 in Floyd County.

Monday night, the coroner identified all the victims. The driver of the Cadillac Thomas Stinson Junior, 60, and the passengers in the cab Tara Hirsekorn, 39, Michael Roby, 31, and Laura Weigand, 24.

The lone survivor was treated and released from University Hospital.

Investigators said the cab driver wasn't working, he was using the cab on his own personal time, a common occurrence for a contract driver.

Monday night, victims family members remembered them.

"She started taking her own pictures and wanted me to critique them," said Bruce Crump of his daughter Tara Crump Hirsekorn. Taking beautiful pictures of nature and creating portraits, it was something Tara loved to do.

Her mother Terri Beeler said the 39-year-old Male High School and Western Kentucky University graduate was a devoted mother of two who spent free time trying out new recipes for friends and family.

"Tara was just a good person," her father Bruce said, "She was a good hearted person who would go out of her way to help out other people."

Her mother agreed, "She was always there for people and she didn't deserve to die like this."

Getting the news that Tara was one of four killed in the fiery crash Sunday night on Highway 111 in Floyd county was stunning to her family.

Tara was with three friends. The Floyd County Sheriff said one happened to be a cab driver who lost control of his vehicle veered off the side of the road, over corrected, and hit a Cadillac head-on killing its driver.

The cab burst into flames. The cab driver was the only person to get out alive.

Because of the difficult job authorities had of identifying the badly burned bodies, Terri got the news unofficially.

"I found out from one of her best friends," the mother said, "She said she was sorry for my loss and I didn't know what she was talking about."

Roby was one of Tara's friends. His wife Angela said the four friends were having some drinks and planned to go to Horseshoe Casino.

Like Hirsekorn, Roby was a parent. His wife said of their young daughter's reaction to the news, "She just cried her eyes out because she was such a daddy's girl," Angela said, "He loved those kids so much."

Hirsekorn's family said they are relying on their faith to get them through this.

Charges could be filed in this case. Floyd county officials plan to release the details in a press conference scheduled for Tuesday.

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