JACKSON COUNTY, Indiana – Police say a 17-year-old girl died Saturday after leaping from a minivan being driven by her stepfather. Her mother was also a passenger in the vehicle. Laikyn Field, a sophomore at Jennings County High School, reportedly hit the pavement so hard that she later died from head injuries.
It’s been reported that the teen jumped from the van’s rear passenger side after becoming upset, although Police are trying to verify what was going on inside the vehicle that may have contributed to her decision.
“We’re trying to make sure and try and find out what was going on at the time when she got out of the vehicle, whether there was an argument. We hear a lot of things. We just need to get to the bottom and find out exactly what did occur,” said Mike Carothers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. “For some reason the young lady decided to get out of the car. She opened the door and jumped out,”