INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A woman and two toddlers died this weekend when a
crowded off-road vehicle slammed into a concrete wall and burst into flames
along a rural western Indiana road.
Another toddler survived but was severely injured in Sunday’s crash near the
town of Center Point, about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
Indiana Conservation officers on Monday identified the victims as Andrea
Allen, 22, of Indianapolis; her 1-year-old son, Jaylen Rawls, of Harvey,
Ill.; and 2-year-old Nevaeh Dempsey, a friend’s daughter from Indianapolis.
Allen’s other son, 2-year-old Xavier Rawls of Harvey, Ill., was in stable
condition at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
Eyewitnesses told police the 17-year-old vehicle came out of a driveway and
was speeding recklessly when it crashed into the end of a concrete culvert
and caught fire.
State Conservation Officer Lt. William Browne said witnesses told
investigators the three toddlers were riding in front of Allen, who was
driving 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 did not 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 boy and girl died at the scene and Allen was flown to an Indianapolis
hospital, where she died, the Department of Natural Resources said in a news
A man who was fishing nearby pulled Allen and Xavier from the burning
wreckage, the agency said.
Browne said autopsies on the children were scheduled for Monday afternoon.