Stepmother speaks about deadly I-69 crash

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – As the driver in a fatal construction zone crash recovers, his family is speaking out to the victims.

Indiana State Police say Jordan Stafford struck an arrow board and two construction workers on May 9 on I-69. Both workers were killed. Since then, the families of Coty Demoss and Kenneth Duerson have said their goodbyes and laid the men to rest.

Now, Jordan Stafford’s stepmother is apologizing for what she calls a terrible tragedy.

“All he remembers is the sign, after that he remembers nothing,” said Shannon Stafford, describing the crash that killed two workers, from the point of view of her stepson, Jordan.

“We know how the families of the deceased feel. The anger, the pain, the hurt,” said Shannon.

The Stafford family lost Jordan’s brother, Logan, in a crash involving an INDOT truck, just a year and a half ago.

Now Shannon says Jordan is on the survivor end of a deadly crash, and struggling with the guilt.

“I said thank God that you’re alive and he said, ‘But they’re not,'” said Shannon.

Jordan had surgery following the crash. He’s recovering at home, using a walker for now. However, Shannon says his mind is focused on the families of the victims.

“I’m sure he would want to say that he’s sorry, but it was purely an accident,” said Shannon.

Shannon is forgiving those involved in Logan’s death after this most recent crash. Her family is now also mourning the loss of two workers.

“We all pray for those families every day, every second of every day. You have no idea how many people are praying for these families, and I hate it for them,” said Shannon.

The investigation of the crash is ongoing. Indiana State Police is still working to complete the crash report and reconstruction. ISP is also still waiting for toxicology reports to come back. Once that is gathered, the case will be turned over to the Marion County prosecutor for review. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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