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January 29, 2010

Teenage victim identified in fatal accident

Isaac J. Cardona, 17, died of blunt force trauma to head

ANDERSON — A 17-year-old motorist was killed early Friday morning on Anderson’s west side when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

Isaac J. Cardona, 17, of Anderson, was pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m. Friday at the scene, near the intersection of Nichol Avenue and Fountain Street. Madison County Coroner Ned Dunnichay identified the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head, and said Cardona was not wearing a seatbelt.

The accident took place around 5:10 a.m., according to Anderson Police Department Detective Mitch Carroll, public information officer. Carroll said the Cardona was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Aurorra Looper and her husband, Dave, were delivering newspapers along their morning route when they came upon the scene around 5:20, just minutes after the accident.

“The car was still smoking,” Looper said. “The car was broke in two, the driver was dead. I checked for a pulse and called the police.”

Looper said seven or eight police cars and two fire trucks arrived on the scene within minutes. Nichol avenue was closed for several hours as emergency response workers attended to the scene.

She said a portion of the car’s front end came to rest on the right side of Fountain Street, while the rest of the car was wrapped around a tree. Dave Looper said he believes the car was a silver Pontiac Grand Am.

“He had to have been going a very high rate of speed or fallen asleep,” Looper said.

Anderson police continue to investigate the accident to determine a cause.

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