Flat tire, alcohol could be factors in deadly crash

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DALEVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A report released this week revealed more information about a fatal crash that claimed the life of a 4-year-old girl.

According to 24-Hour News 8’s partners at the Herald Bulletin, a report shows the deadly June 3 crash could be the result of a half empty vodka bottle found in the passenger glove box and a possible flat tire that may have played a part in the crash.

Indiana State Police officials said 4-year-old Tavionna Ford of Indianapolis died in the crash. She was not in a car seat. However, she was wearing a seatbelt.

Tavionna’s mother, 20-year-old Monique Ford, was 36 weeks pregnant. She was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Her other child, a 14-month-old son, was taken by medical helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. He was in a car seat.

Another passenger, 20-year-old Dejour-Kyrie Martin, was taken by medical helicopter to IU Health Methodist Hospital with internal injuries.

The crash happened around noon at the 234 mile marker, at State Road 32/67. This is the exit for Daleville/Chesterfield.
Authorities still have not decided if charges will be filed against the adults. Officials were still gathering all the information surrounding the crash as of Tuesday.

In an accident report Donna Randolph told police her Chrysler had a flat tire and she missed her intended exit at the 226 mile marker in Anderson. Randolph then attempted to exit at mile marker 234 when she felt the tire pressure lower she got out to check. She checked the tires and got back in the vehicle continuing on. That’s when she felt the tire blow. After the tire blew she was hit from behind by a Dodge pickup truck.

The crash sent the Chrysler of the roadway into a ditch, totaling the vehicle. Occupants inside had to be extricated.

The truck also landed in a field off of the roadway.

According to court records Randolph had just obtained a driver’s license after receiving moving violations in 2012 and 2013.

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