Harvey toddler, mom among 3 killed in fiery ATV crash

2013-08-05T18:45:00Z 2013-08-06T00:29:11Z Harvey toddler, mom among 3 killed in fiery ATV crashTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 05, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

CENTER POINT, Ind. | A toddler from Harvey, his mother and another toddler from Indianapolis were killed Sunday after a fiery all-terrain vehicle crash along a rural western Indiana road, police said.

The fire instantly killed Jaylen Rawls, 1, of Harvey, and Nevaeh Dempsey, 2, of Indianapolis, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The 22-year-old driver, Andrea Allen, also of Indianapolis, was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital where she later died of her injuries.

Jaylen and Allen died from blunt force trauma, according to the DNR release. Nevaeh's cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the neck and chest.

A third passenger, Xavier Rawls, a 2-year-old from Harvey, was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where he remained in stable condition as of Monday afternoon. Allen is the mother of Jaylen and Xavier Rawls. Dempsey is a friend's daughter from Indianapolis.

Witnesses told police the 17-year-old ATV came out of a driveway and was speeding recklessly when it crashed into the end of a concrete culvert and caught fire. The crash happened near the town of Center Point, about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis in Clay County.

State Conservation Officer Lt. William Browne said witnesses told investigators the three toddlers were riding in front of Allen in the single-seat off-road vehicle.

Browne said he wasn't aware of any state law limiting the number of passengers on an off-road vehicle, but "going that speed down the road definitely violates that."

Browne said investigators don't yet know how fast the vehicle was going before the crash, and that they were still trying to determine whether excessive speed or alcohol played a role.

The ATV burst into flames, killing the two small children instantly, the release states.

An Indianapolis man who was fishing nearby saw the crash and pulled the driver and Xavier Rawls from the burning wreckage.

According to DNR, Indiana has had 12 fatalities this year from 140 ATV crashes and 163 people injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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