MONROE COUNTY, Ind. – Three members of a family on their way to a softball tournament died in a crash in Monroe County Sunday.
Michael Mascoe, 40; Rhonda Mascoe, 42; and Zoey Bennington, 19, were killed in the crash. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Timothy Gill, of Gosport, was going westbound on West State Road 46 when his pickup truck drifted across the fog line and over-corrected, resulting in a head-on collision with the family's Hyundai Santa Fe.
Michael Mascoe and Rhonda Mascoe were pronounced dead at the scene; the other three people in the vehicle were taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, as was Gill.
Bennington was subsequently pronounced dead at the hospital. Mikey and Grace Mascoe, ages 8 and 9, were later transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. According to a family member both were in serious, but stable condition as of Monday afternoon.
“They have been told what has happened. I don’t think they’ve fully grasped what has happened just yet because all of the commotion that was going on yesterday, and even today. So were just trying to bring them through it the best that we can,” April Mascoe, the children's aunt said.
Michael Mascoe and Bennington died from blunt force trauma, according to the sheriff’s office. An autopsy is scheduled Monday to determined the preliminary cause of death for Rhonda Mascoe, who was driving the Santa Fe, to also be blunt force trauma.
“They were a big softball family, a big sports family, just a great family, its just a tragedy and so sad that this happened. It just makes you realize how precious life is, and don’t take any moment for granted because within a blink of an eye it can be taken from you,” April Mascoe said.
As on of the children's only remaining blood relatives, April Mascoe says she will be filing papers to assume guardianship.
"There’s just so much right now, and the only thing I've been concerned with right at this moment is the children,” she said.
Demand Command, a Columbus-based group dedicated to softball and baseball, expressed its condolences to the family.
"DC nation is grieving with the loss of Rhonda Mascoe, Zoey Bennington and Mike Mascoe," the group wrote on its Facebook page. "Please pray for Grace (a 10u player for DC) and her brother Mikey to recover fully."
The group also released the following statement:
As many have heard by now, Demand Command lost multiple family members this weekend. The pain of this loss goes far beyond a sporting event and the sport of softball, as one of the loved ones we lost was also connected to a Demand Command baseball player.
We recognize that many of you would like to help. Please believe that Grace, her brother and her family will need all the help they can get. As the family works through the logistics of where the money raised should go, please feel free to use #playsoftballwithGrace as a way to communicate what you are raising money for and your support. We will post where the money should be sent to support the family once we have official information regarding where to send it.
The other way to honor this family, and this grieving program, is to do the following;
1. Have your team sprint to their positions in the 1st inning of every game played in honor of the family.
2. Have the players take a knee for 10 seconds and say a prayer. We invite all parents, coaches, umpires and tournament directors to do the same at their positions.
3. Play the game with Grace and respect.
4. Hold on to any money raised until the family figures out exactly where to send it.
As Grace recovers from her injuries, we will do our best to support her in any way possible. We ask for some time and privacy to heal her, her family, and our Demand Command community of teams.
Click here to donate to Grace and Mike Mascoe, who survived the crash.