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Forty-nine-year-old Ronda Cowans was identified Monday as the woman killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday on U.S. 27.

The Decatur woman was a passenger in an SUV driven by 47-year-old Tyler Cowans, also of Decatur.

According to the Indiana State Police, the vehicle’s left rear-wheel assembly fell off, causing Tyler Cowans to lose control near Adams County Road 850 North. The SUV left the road, went into a ditch and began to roll.

Ronda Cowans was not wearing her seat belt, and was thrown from the vehicle. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene. An autopsy was performed Monday and according to a release from Adams County Coroner Leslie Cook, Ronda Cowans died from multiple blunt-force traumas.

Tyler Cowans suffered head and internal injuries and was transported to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Three other passengers in the SUV – Rick Stults, 18 of Geneva; Mariah Cowans, 19, of Decatur; and Jaiden Cowans, 1 – also suffered internal injuries and were taken to Lutheran Hospital, according to a statement from the Indiana State Police.

No condition reports were available Monday evening.