Police say teen driver ran red light in deadly Greenwood accident


Greenwood Police say a teenage driver ran a red light earlier this week, causing the accident that killed his teenage passenger and injured another.

The teens were current and former Center Grove High School students. Counselors are available to students today and tomorrow.

Police say it was a single vehicle accident that happened about 10 p.m. Tuesday night on SR 135 just south of Meridian Parke Drive.

Investigators say driver Alexander Woolsey, 16, was traveling south on SR 135 approaching Meridian Parke Drive, when he proceeded through the intersection with a red light. Woolsey swerved sharply to avoid hitting another vehicle traveling east on Meridian Parke. After overcorrecting, the vehicle overturned, coming to a rest on its hood.

Passenger, Jourdan Straine, 16, was transported to Methodist Hospital where he died. A second passenger, BreeAnna Lewis, 16, was also transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Woolsey suffered minor injuries.

Center Grove High School Principal Doug Bird said the school provided counselors at the high school on Friday. Students can also speak to counselors on Saturday from 3pm-5pm, and Sunday from 3pm-5pm. Students should come to the main entrance to the school to be buzzed in.

The Bluff Creek Christian Church has also offered the help of their staff to students who wish to speak with someone outside of these hours. Their number is (317) 300-4223.

Investigators say alcohol is not believed to be a factor, but lab results are pending.