Teen sitting on couch killed when suspected drunk driver crashes into home

Seth Corwin (Photo Courtesy: Dawn Ramer Alicea/Used With Permission/WANE)

PENNVILLE, Ind. (WANE) – A 16-year-old boy was killed after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a home Friday night.

According to the Jay County Sheriff’s Department, Bryce Paxon was driving an F-350 pickup truck when he drove into a house at 405 East Largo St. around 10 p.m.

Investigators said 16-year-old Seth L. Corwin was sitting on the couch when he was struck by the vehicle.

Corwin did not survive the impact.

Jay County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Ben Schwartz said Paxon’s preliminary blood alcohol content was a .175, more than twice the legal driving limit.

Paxon is initially charged with OWI causing death and police are awaiting blood test results. Schwartz said Paxon was driving someone else’s vehicle and the force of the impact nearly sent the truck out the back of the home. It’s unclear if Paxon suffered any injuries in the crash.

Seth Corwin (Photo Courtesy: Dawn Ramer Alicea/Used With Permission/WANE)
Seth Corwin (Photo Courtesy: Dawn Ramer Alicea/Used With Permission/WANE)

Jay County Coroner Jason White said Crowin’s 10-year-old stepbrother was also in the room but sitting on a different couch. He was treated for minor injuries. Corwin’s mother was in another part of the home and was not injured.

The incident is under investigation.

Corwin was a student at Jay County High School and a member of the marching band.

The Patriots Marching Band posted a message on Facebook Saturday:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our very own Patriot Band family members- Seth Corwin. He is pictured at the top left of this page carrying the banner. Seth was a beloved member of our band family over the last several years. He loved being a member of the percussion section and contributed so much to our program. Not only was he involved in our summer marching program, he was an integral part of our winter drum line. He had a great way of looking out for the members in his section and wanted to make them successful and feel that they were a vital part of the group. Please, let’s all continually pray for his family, friends, and his band family. It is such a terrible empty feeling right now. Let’s be there for one another. That is what Seth would do for us. Seth-words cannot describe how we will miss you. You will always have a piece of our hearts with you. We love you Seth. May God richly bless your eternity with him.

Mr. Smeltzer and your Patriot Band family.

Friends of Corwin and the family have set up a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral expenses.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. at the Pennville Feed Mill. Anyone attending the vigil is asked to bring their own candles. Also, friends tell NewsChannel 15 that Corwin recently made a post about homelessness on his Facebook page. Organizers of Sunday’s vigil are asking those who attend to bring a canned good, box dinner, or other items that might be beneficial to those in need in the Pennville community.

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