INDIANAPOLIS – All seven people involved in a car crash on I-69 were hurt Tuesday after police say one of the driver’s stopped in the middle of the interstate.
Tavionna Ford, 4, was killed in the crash.
“We are going to miss her severely. She is the light of the family. She was a happy little girl,” said family member Mike Williams.
Mike Williams’ talked about 4-year-old Tavionna Ford to FOX59. Ford was riding in the back seat of a gold Chrysler Tuesday when the car’s driver, Tavionna’s grandmother, 41-year-old Donna Randolph, stopped the car in the middle of I-69 in Delaware County.
“My understanding is that the tire came off the car. She turned on the flashers. She can only go so fast with a flat tire and they got rear-ended,” said Williams.
Indiana State Police tell FOX59 there was no evidence at the scene of a flat tire.
The dodge pickup truck, unable to stop, ran right into the Chrysler. An elderly couple from Michigan in that truck were not seriously hurt.
Police say four-year old Tavionna was not in a car seat, which is a difficult piece of information for both family and friends to understand.
“I have no comment because I don’t know,” Williams told FOX 59.
“I have a 3-year-old son right here. I make sure that he has a booster seat. He has a seatbelt. The little girl said hi to me yesterday. She just said hi to me yesterday,” said family friend Lavelle Bolden.
Tavionna’s mother, Monique Ford, was riding in the passenger seat. Ford is 38 weeks pregnant.
FOX59 has learned Monique Ford and her unborn child, along with the grandmother Donna Randolph, are still at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie and are expected to recover from their injuries. They are listed in fair condition.
A family friend, 20-year old Dejur-Kyrie Martin, was riding in the back seat along with the children. Martin has internal injuries and is recovering at Methodist Hospital in serious condition.
Larry Ford, 14 months, is in critical but stable condition at Riley Hospital for Children.