Monday, January 14 2013 6:06 PM EST2013-01-14 23:06:17 GMT
The friends of a Ball State Student who died on a flooded highway while driving back to school Sunday are struggling to come to terms with their sudden loss. Blake Taylor's car overturned late SundayMore >>
The friends of a Ball State Student who died on a flooded highway while driving back to school Sunday are struggling to come to terms with their sudden loss.More >>
A 19-year-old Ball State University student is dead despite the efforts of Grant County deputies and emergency responders Sunday night.
A passing motorist called 911 after seeing the lights of an inverted car in the water along State Road 26. Grant County deputies found a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix near 4200 East S.R. 26. They waded into the water, broke the car window and tried unsuccessfully to pull the driver out.
Deputies then used tow straps attached to their patrol trucks to pull the vehicle from the water, after which they were able to free the driver, who was identified as Blake A. Taylor of Kokomo. Deputies performed CPR at the scene.
Emergency Medical Technicians continued CPR on the way to Marion General Hospital, where Taylor was pronounced dead.
Deputies said Taylor was not belted into his seat when they pulled him out of the car. Deputies believe he was eastbound on SR 26 when he drove through standing flood water in the eastbound lane, then began sliding across the westbound lane into the north ditch. The car rolled onto its top and became submerged in water that was up to five feet deep.
Investigators believe Taylor was submerged for up to 12 minutes in very cold water.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Grant County coroner will determine a cause of death.
State Road 26 has reopened to traffic, but several roads in the area remain treacherous with standing water.
Statement from BSU:
"On behalf of Ball State University, I extend our deepest sympathies to Blake's family and friends. The loss of such a young man is especially saddening. Our thoughts are with his loved ones." - Kay Bales, Vice President for Student Affairs