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Police search teen's home in connection with Brownsburg fatal crash

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Brownsburg police executed a search warrant at a Pittsboro home Monday, in connection with a car accident that killed one teenager and injured four others.

Nathan Gentry, 18, was sitting in the backseat of Pontiac Grand Am when it crashed in the 6900 block of County Road 550 East just before 9 a.m. Saturday, killing him.

The driver, 17-year-old Chris Hubbard, sustained a hip fracture, punctured lung and a cracked sternum. Front-seat passenger, 18-year-old Shawn Bloomquist, was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in critical condition. Detectives said Bloomquist was the only person wearing a seatbelt. Taylor LaMonte, 16, was transported to Wishard Hospital with a dislocated knee, a broken leg, broken hip, broken pelvis and two broken arms. The final occupant, 16-year-old Ian Cherco, was released from the hospital Sunday.

Police said they were able to determine drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash due to statements and evidence gathered at the scene. They said they anticipate charges will be filed and are working to get warrants for blood samples from the teenagers involved in the crash.

This week, Brownsburg officers conducted a search of Bloomquist's home which is where the teens were partying the night before the crash. Investigators want to know if underage drinking or drug use were present at the party. Police went into the home looking for marijuana, paraphernalia, and illegal drugs. They said they seized evidence, but won't say what it is.

Friend's of Bloomquist told Fox59 it's likely police took a gun, but insist there was nothing incriminating in the home.

"There was nothing there man, like they can search and search and search," said Gentry's friend Andrew Gaddie.

He said he was at the party, but was asleep when the teens left Saturday morning.

Gaddie told Fox 59, "There was a hookah and there was a .22 and a .12 gauge shotgun."

Gaddie said he did not believe police would have found anything they were looking for.

He and other friends said the teen victims said they got into a crash because a black SUV was in the middle of the road and Hubbard swerved to avoid a collision. Gaddie wants police to back off his friends.

"Show some respect and emotional support for all these people and all these like families and the kids that are in the hospital and the families of the kids that are hurting really bad and you're just making it worse," he said.

Police are pushing forward with the investigation wanting more evidence and interviews before deciding whether to file charges.

A calling for Gentry will be held Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Connection Point Church. His funeral will be Thursday, May 24 at 10 a.m.

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