Teen killed in off-road vehicle crash near Celestine

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle crash that happened Saturday in Dubois County that claimed the life of a 15-year-old.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the area east of Celestine on County Road 900 East, about a quarter mile south of State Road 164, at about 6:21 p.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a juvenile was operating a side-by-side ORV when he lost control and struck an embankment. No safety gear was being worn at the time of the accident, officers reported.

Other responding agencies included the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Celestine Fire Department, Jasper Memorial Ambulance Service, and Dubois County Coroner’s Office.

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While DNR did not release the identity of the juvenile, area schools paid tribute to Brendon Gutgsell, a Forest Park student and tennis player. Forest Park and all Dubois County schools were joined by Tecumseh, Castle, Boonville, Tell City and Loogootee in lighting up their tennis courts Sunday evening in tribute to Brendon and his family.

Brendon’s parents are Mark and Tracy (Meyer) Gutgsell of Schnellville. Mrs. Gutgsell is the Assistant Principal at Northeast Dubois High School, and the family operates Gutgsell Farms in Schnellville. 

We mistakenly reported Brendon was a Northeast Dubois student. He attended Forest Park. The story has been updated, and we are sorry for the mistake as well as offer our condolences to all affected by the loss.

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