Volunteer firefighter struck and killed by another volunteer firefighter

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Indiana State Police say a firefighter is facing charges after he struck and killed a responding volunteer firefighter Friday.

Just before 10 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of Old Highway 50 just west of CR 800 E. on the report of a crash with injury. That's when the truck driven 26-year-old Colby Blake of Cannelburg crashed into the parked vehicles and struck Murphy.

The firefighters had responded to the crash site along with the Daviess County Sheriff's Department because there was a driver who was stuck inside his vehicle.

A fourth firefighter, Colby Blake, 26, also arrived, striking a parked truck, which hit another vehicle and Kendall Murphy, who was standing by the auto.

Police say Blake also struck a third vehicle before it came to a stop. Murphy was also hit by Blake. Blake's Dodge continued east, striking a 2013 Ford Fusion parked by 27-year-old Kendall Murphy of Montgomery.

Blake was uninjured in the wreck and a preliminary investigation found he was operating his vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of.21 percent - well above twice the legal limit.

Murphy was pronounced dead on the scene, according to police.

He was charged with OWI causing death and reckless driving.

Blake is being held at the Daviess County Security Center and officials say formal charges will be filed by the Daviess County Prosecutor's Office.

The incident remains under investigation.

Kendall Murphy, the firefighter, had been standing next to a auto when he was hit.



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