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Deadly crash investigation continues OCU professor, daughter killed

February 5, 2017 GMT

PRINCETON — Investigation of a Thursday night crash that killed a beloved Oakland City University history professor and her daughter continues, according to Gibson County authorities.

Gibson County Deputy Coroner Rick Hickrod said Claudine Cutchin, 56, and her daughter Adelaide, 22, both of Allendale, Illinois, died from internal injuries sustained in the crash on Ind. 64 at the Ind. 65 junction (Owensville turn-off) Thursday evening.

Hickrod said Gibson County Central Dispatch was notified of the crash at 4:56 p.m. and a nearby ambulance crew responded. Claudine Cutchin was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:02 p.m. and her daughter was pronounced dead of injuries from the crash at 5:51 p.m. at Gibson General Hospital.

He confirmed that Claudine Cutchin was westbound on Ind. 64 with the green light at that intersection when her car was hit broadside on the driver’s side by a vehicle northbound on Ind. 65.

The name of the driver and another occupant were not released by authorities yet. Hickrod said the driver of the second car was taken by LifeFlight air ambulance to an Evansville hospital, and a passenger was also taken for medical treatment.

Gibson County Sheriff Tim Bottoms said Saturday no further information is available.

The crash is the second fatal accident at the junction within a week, according to authorities.

OCU community mourns losses

Oakland City University canceled classes at mid-morning Friday and offered a counseling meeting for students and staff in wake of the news of the Cutchin deaths.

Claudine Cutchin, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Oakland City University, had worked there for 23 years and was twice-named Teacher of the Year, according to a OCU President Ray Barber.

Adelaide Cutchin graduated from OCU in December.

“Dr. Cutchin was a great professor, dean, and friend who served Oakland City University faithfully. She exemplified the mission of OCU and will be greatly missed by the administration, faculty, staff, and students,” said Barber.

Barber said he spoke Saturday with the family about arrangements to host a memorial service when details can be worked out. Some of Cutchin’s relatives live in France.

He said memorial fund is established in Cutchin’s memory. Funds can be sent to OCU Office of Advancement in honor of Claudine, to 138 North Lucretia Street, Oakland City, IN, 47660.

The news is the second loss for the OCU community within a week. OCU Vice President Ora Johnson passed away last week at age 84.