Ripley County Sheriff's Office: teen died falling from moving vehicle

Ripley County Sheriff's Office: teen died falling from moving vehicle

Dillsboro, IN (FOX19) - The Ripley County Sheriff's Office said a 17-year-old fell out of a moving vehicle and died in Milan on Wednesday night.

Deputies said it happened near 1108 State Route 101, in between Dillsboro and Versailles.

During the investigation, deputies said Ethan Strassell, a junior at Milan high School, fell from a moving vehicle, causing fatal injuries.

Ethan's family and friends are still waiting to hear how it happened.

Kylee Meyer said Ethan had no problem making friends, and said she was with her boyfriend's family the night that he died.

"Doesn't seem real. It just seems like he's just at home," she said.

The school district put a post on Facebook from superintendent Jane Rogers that read in part, "It is with a very heavy heart that I share some very sad news with you. We were deeply shocked and saddened that Ethan Strassell lost his young life in an automobile accident. Our entire school community shares our deepest condolences with the Strassell family. We ask for continued thoughts and prayers through during this difficult time."

"He loved football. He loved hanging out with his friends and driving around and buying four wheelers and stuff like that," Meyer said.

FOX19 NOW was told that Ethan's family was big into racing. Their cars were often spotted on the drag strip at Edgewater.

A family member said Ethan was out with a couple of friends Wednesday.

The investigation is under further review and will be forwarded to the Ripley County prosecutor.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Indiana State Police, Osgood Police, Milan Police, Milan Fire, Ripley County EMS and the Ripley County Coroner.

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