Sylvia Marie Fischer, 17, of
Owensville, passed away on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 in Evansville, as a result of an automobile accident.
She was born to Bridget (Sensmeier) Garrett and Billy Jo Fischer on Dec. 27, 1993 in Evansville.
Sylvia was a senior at Gibson
Southern High School in FortBranch, where she participated in the high school marching
band, the Sunshine Society, and the Thespian Club.
She is survived by her mother
and step-father, Bridgett and Gregory Lee Garrett of Owensville; her father,
Billy Jo Fischer of Caster, La.; a sister, Scarlett
Lee Fischer of Owensville; two step-sisters, Brianna Marie Garrett of
Owensville, and Ambria Dawn Garrett of Princeton; her
grand parents, Bob and Sylvia Sensmeier of Fort
Branch and Michael and Sinda Fischer of Arizona, and Mary
Field of Princeton.
A Mass of Christian burial
will be Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at
at Holy Cross Catholic Church in FortBranch. Father Tony Ernst will be the celebrant. Burial will
be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec.
20, 2011 from until
at HolyCrossChurch and again from
until service time Wednesday at the church. Rosary will be recited at Tuesday at the church.
Evansville Courier & Press, Evansville, IN 19 Dec 2011.
EVANSVILLE— Autopsies performed on the three victims of
Friday's triple-fatality accident on Interstate 164 revealed similar injuries
to each, a VanderburghCounty deputy coroner said
Sylvia Fischer, 17, of Owensville, Ind., William
Dunn, 8, and his aunt, Jennifer Ross, 36, both of Gibson County, all suffered
significant head injuries from extreme impact during the three-vehicle
collision, according to Vanderburgh County Deputy Corner Shaun Madding. The
accident occurred at about between the Lloyd
Expressway and Morgan Avenue.
The speed at impact remains unknown, as does the
reason Fischer's minivan crossed the median from the northbound lane and struck
the SUV carrying Dunn and Ross, which then caused the SUV to collide with a
pickup truck. Judging from the nature of the injuries, there must have been a
"devastating impact," Madding said.
Evansville Police Department spokeswoman Karen Kajmowicz said Sunday an accident reconstruction expert
will spend the next two weeks to 60 days determining why Fischer's minivan
crossed the median. If necessary, the expert will tear the minivan apart to see
if a mechanical issue is the cause. A toxicology report done on Fischer is due
in about three weeks.
Coroner Annie Groves said Saturday that it
doesn't appear that Fischer was texting or using a cellphone as a cellphone was
discovered in her purse at the scene.
Evansville police have not
identified the survivors. The adult male driver of the SUV in which Dunn and
Ross were riding was hospitalized in critical condition on Saturday. Groves identified him only as
Ross' husband. Another passenger in the SUV, a 15-year-old female, also was
The adult male driver of a third vehicle
suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The collision occurred at Friday between the Lloyd Expressway and Morgan Avenue, prompting authorities
to close the southbound lanes of I-164 for hours.