FACT investigating crash that ejected passenger, who suffered serious head injury

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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - The St. Joseph County Fatal Crash Team is investigating after two people were seriously hurt – one of them ejected from the car – in a single-vehicle crash with a tree Wednesday morning.

It happened around 9:30 a.m. in the 10000 block of Shively Road, which is southwest of Wakarusa and northwest of Nappanee.

Police say a Mitsubishi Eclipse was headed west on Shively across Ash Road when the driver, 23-year-old Shane Allen Ketchum, of Nappanee, lost control and hit a mailbox followed by two trees.

The passenger, 18-year-old Ryan Butts, also of Nappanee, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered "a serious head injury," according to an updated FACT release issued Wednesday night. He remains in critical condition.

Ketchum reportedly sustained minor injuries.

Police say speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash, which FACT continues to investigate.