Crothersville-This morning, at approximately 12:40 a.m., the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US 31 near County Road 500 South in Jackson County that claimed the life of a three year old Seymour girl.
The initial investigation by Trooper Jacob Tolle indicated that a 2006 Jeep Liberty being operated by Brent A. Sawyer, age 21, Crothersville, Indiana was traveling southbound on US 31 when he lost control of the vehicle. Sawyer’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a 2003 Ford Windstar being driven by Devin P. Bevers, age 30, Crothersville, Indiana that was traveling northbound on US 31. The vehicles collided nearly head on in the center of the roadway.
As a result of the collision, Bevers’ daughter, Tavaya A. Bevers, age 3, who was a back seat passenger in Bevers’ vehicle, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana where she passed away from injuries sustained in the crash. Tavaya Bevers was believed to be have been properly restrained in a child restraint when the crash occurred. Both drivers were checked out at the scene by medical personnel after sustaining minor injuries in the crash.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Toxicology tests on both drivers are pending.
Trooper Tolle was assisted by Troopers Matt Holley, Korry Clark, and Tia Deaton. He was also assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Jackson County EMS, Vernon Township Fire Department, and Howard’s Wrecker Service.