Coroner: Teen killed in Kokomo high speed chase was high on meth

A 15-year-old boy was killed in a crash after leading police on a high-speed chase in Kokomo Tuesday. (Photo: Tim Bath/Kokomo Tribune)
Kokomo Teen Killed
Kokomo teen killed in crash
Police chase turns deadly in Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. (WTHR) – When 15-year-old Travis L. Abston, Jr. led police on a high speed chase, that ended with a crash killing him, he was high on methamphetamine according to the coroner.

Howard County Coroner Dr. Steven Seele revealed Abston died from blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and chest in the September crash.

The coroner also reported a contributing factor of methamphetamine intoxication.

The death was ruled accidental .

Abston allegedly stolen a black Honda Civic from his hometown in Battle Ground. Kokomo police were led to believe Abston might be armed and dangerous and may have come to Kokomo with plans to harm a high school student at the Crossing alternative high school.

The School had canceled classes that day after Kokomo police notified them of the specific threat against a student. Abston was not a student at the Crossing.

Kokomo police spotted and tried to stop the car near Main Street and Vaile Avenue. A high-speed chase ensued that covered about two-and-a-half miles.

The chase ended when Abston lost control of the black Honda Civic and struck a black Ford Taurus in the 500 block of South Dixon Road, right outside Faith Baptist Church.

Abston was a sophomore at Lafayette Harrison High School. He is survived by his parents, Travis Abston Sr. of Battleground and Amber Cooper of Kokomo, as well as seven brothers and sisters.

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