VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - A Vigo County woman is dead after a weekend accident. 19 year old Alyssa Hogue died when a Hummer rolled over twice in a field. 21 year old Kyle Pendergast was arrested in connection to the accident. It happened around 1 a.m. Saturday in a field near Shrine Hill.
What police saw that night, what investigators saw today, and what our cameras captured were signs of dangerous driving that likely contributed to Alyssa’s death.
A memorial to 19 year old Alyssa Hogue sits at the entrance to the field where she ultimately lost her life. She was a passenger in a Hummer driven by 21 year old Kyle Pendergast. She was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled over twice.
The Hummer had 7 passengers, including Alyssa. The surviving passengers told police they were at a party happening at the home of Kyle Pendergast, which is located in a subdivision near Shrine Hill. Investigators with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office spent part of their afternoon in this field, as they try to bring answers to an accident that killed a young woman.
“It looks like the vehicle was heading southwest and made an “S” curve, a quick, sharp turn and then overturned,” said Chief Deputy Clark Cottom.
The vehicle in question is this black, soft-top Hummer. It shows obvious signs of off-road driving.
Pendergast told deputies someone’s foot got stuck in the steering wheel, and he could not turn the wheel. Other passengers in the vehicle tell a different story. At least two passengers told police he was driving too fast. They also said that Pendergast used his hummer to drive over trees. One witness said Pendergast knew the owner of the field who asked him to knock down some trees.
Pendergast was arrested after a blood test showed his blood alcohol content was .108%. He also had THC in his system, which is a drug found in marijuana.
Investigators on the scene tell News 10 the investigation into this crash is on-going, so their comments to us were limited. What they did tell us is that their hearts go out to Alyssa’s family and friends.
“We talk all the time about not drinking and driving, and we’re also constantly sending out a message to not get into a vehicle with somebody who might be under the influence,” said Cottom. “This is a very sad tragedy that occurred because of that very thing.”
Pendergast will be in court Wednesday where he will be formally charged. He’s jailed on a $100,000 cash-only bond.