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ATV accident in Clay County kills woman, two children

ATV crashAn ATV crashed on Sunday, August 4, in Clay County, killing a woman and two children. Investigators said a 2-year-old child survived after the ATV slammed into a concrete wall and burst into flames. Conservation officers said Andrea Allen of Indianapolis was driving the vehicle; her 1-year-old son Jaylen Rawls and 2-year-old Nevaeh Dempsey–a family friend–were also killed. Allen’s 2-year-old son Xavier Rawls survived. Investigators believe alcohol and excessive speed may have been factors in the crash.

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INDIANAPOLIS – An ATV crash that killed a woman and two children remains under investigation.

Andrea Allen, 22, was killed after the ATV she was driving slammed into a concrete barrier in Clay County along County Road 200 North. Allen’s two children were on the ATV; 2-year-old Xavier Rawls survived the crash. He remains at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in stable condition. His brother, 1-year-old Jaylen Rawls, was killed. A fourth passenger, 2-year-old Nevaeh Dempsey—a family friend—was also killed.

Allen’s children were visiting their mother from Illinois.

Department of Natural Resources investigators believe speeding and alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Allen did not own the ATV, which hit a concrete barrier Sunday around 6 p.m. before catching fire.

DNR officials released two 911 calls made the day of the crash.

“We have a woman in Center Point on 200 North on a four-wheeler with three young babies in front of her with nothing, but diapers on and she is flying,” one witness told a dispatcher before the crash.

Another person called dispatchers around the same time, telling them to send a fire truck and ambulance to the scene.

“You have what, sir?” the dispatcher asked.

“(There’s) a four-wheeler with a little girl and the baby….the baby (is) in the ditch…” the man said.

An Indianapolis man was fishing with two friends nearby when the crash happened. Franklin Davis Junior pulled Allen and her son Xavier from the burning wreckage and also tried to save a second child before the flames became too overwhelming. He didn’t see a third child.

“It was so intense and, at that time, I looked back down on into the fire where the child was and he had already started to burn,” Davis said.

Indiana conservation officers are investigating a deadly ATV accident that killed a young mother, her 1-year-old son, and a 2-year-old family friend.

Conservation officers said four people were on an ATV when it slammed into a concrete wall around 6 p.m. Sunday near Center Point, Ind.

Andrea Allen, 22, Indianapolis, was driving the off-road ATV along County Road 200 North. Allen’s 1-year-old son, Jaylen Rawls, and 2-year-old son, Xavier Rawls, were passengers. Family friend, Nevaeh Dempsey, 2, was also riding.

Allen’s son Xavier was the only survivor. According to the Department of Natural Resources, he’s in stable condition at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Autopsy results show the others died from blunt force trauma.

Springstun said Allen’s children were in town from Illinois to visit their mother.

Franklin Davis Jr. of Indianapolis was fishing nearby and helped save the 2-year-old toddler.

“The fire was out of control,” said Davis. “To see a helpless child just lying there and seeing all this danger over him, it takes you.”

Davis and his two friends ran over to pull Allen out first.

“She was moving like she was trying to get up and help but wasn’t able to do anything,” said Davis. “Once I grabbed her, up under her arms and back, that’s when I noticed the [first] child.”

The flames were already over the toddler’s head. Davis walked around to find something he could use to reach in. He found 2-year-old Xavier near the ravine.

“The wreckage was sort of tilted on the concrete barrier and it was slicking, moving toward the kid,” said Davis.

He immediately grabbed the child by the leg and handed the boy to his friend.

Allen’s friend came back with a fire extinguisher. By then, the fire became too much for them to handle.

“It was so intense. I looked back down to the fire where the child was, he had already started to burn,” said Davis.

Davis said he will be haunted by that tragic scene for a while.

“[I was] six feet away from him and not able to do anything. That’s the thing that’s terrible.”

Davis never saw the third child underneath the wreck.

Conservation officers said investigators believe alcohol and speed may have played a role in the crash. A witness told investigators they noticed the ATV driving erratically earlier in the day.

CLAY COUNTY – A deadly ATV crash that killed two children and a woman is under investigation in Clay County.

Police said four people were on an ATV when it slammed into a concrete wall around  6 p.m. Sunday near Center Point, Ind. Andrea Allen, 22, Indianapolis, was driving the off-road ATV along County Road 200 North. Allen’s 1-year-old son, Jaylen Rawls, and 2-year-old son, Xavier Rawls, were passengers. Family friend Nevaeh Dempsey, 2, was also riding.

Allen’s son Xavier was the only survivor. According to the Department of Natural Resources, he’s in stable condition at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Autopsy results show the others died from blunt force trauma.

Springstun said Allen’s children were in town from Illinois to visit their mother.

“It was very traumatic. Our hearts go out to the families,” said Christopher Springstun with DNR.

Springstun said investigators believe alcohol and speed may have played a role in the crash. A witness told investigators they noticed the ATV driving erratically earlier in the day. The ATV—a 1996 Polaris Sportsman 500–slammed into a concrete wall before catching fire. The impact was hard enough to split the concrete wall in half. Allen was not the owner of the ATV, a single-seat, four-wheel model.

Conservation officers said Franklin Davis Junior–an Indianapolis man who was fishing nearby–pulled Andrea Allen and Xavier Rawls out of the burning vehicle.

Terri Moore lives close to the area where the crash happened. She said neither she nor her husband witnessed it. They did, however, see the aftermath.

“He said it was a very tragic scene. He’s a volunteer firefighter of 21 years. It was the worst thing he’d ever seen,” Moore said. “I’m sure that this lady probably had no intention of doing harm to anyone. Everyone makes errors in judgment.”

Moore placed a few roses at the crash site Monday afternoon.

“I just wanted to honor the victims… remind people about being safe on four wheelers,” Moore said.

According to DNR, there were 271 ATV accidents that injured 305 people and killed 15 others in 2012. This year, there have been 140 ATV accidents. According to DNR, 163 people have been hurt and 12 killed in those crashes. The numbers include Sunday’s wreck.

“What we hope people learn from this is it can happen to anyone. ATV’s are not designed to be on the roadways. They’re an off-road vehicle,” Springstun said.

Springstun encouraged people to log onto the state’s website for ATV safety tips. The agency also offers an online safety course.

CLAY COUNTY, Ind.—Authorities believe excessive speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors in a crash that killed a woman and two children Sunday evening.

Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident on County Road 200 North, east of State Road 59, near Center Point, Ind. around 6 p.m. When they arrived, they discovered a single-seat 1996 Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV had crashed into a concrete culvert wall adjacent to the roadway before catching on fire.

Authorities said two small children, 1-year-old Jaylen Rawls and 2-year-old Nevaeh Dempsey, were instantly killed. The woman operating the vehicle, 22-year-old Andrea Allen, was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, where she later died. A third passenger, 2-year-old Xavier Rawls, was also airlifted to an area hospital, where he is listed in serious condition.

Police said a man fishing nearby observed the accident and was able to pull the woman and the surviving child from the burning wreckage.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said there were 271 ATV accidents in 2012, with 305 injuries and 7 fatalities.  So far in 2013, there have been 140 reported accidents, with 163 injuries and 12 fatalities.

Photo Caption: Flowers left at scene of crash

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