Authorities say an Indianapolis woman and two toddlers died when an off-road vehicle slammed into a concrete wall along a rural western Indiana road.
Indiana Conservation officers on Monday identified the victims of Sunday's crash as 22-year-old Andrea Allen 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 Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
State officials said the three toddlers were riding in front of Allen, who was driving the single-seat off-road vehicle.
Franklin Davis witnessed the accident and said he was one of the first to arrive at the crash. He said he pulled Allen away from the flames.
"At that time, I noticed a child down in the wreckage and fire was burning, so after I pulled her back, I went back for the child," Davis said. He said he then noticed a second child and was able to pull him out.
"This child, he was conscious, just in a lot of pain, moaning and groaning," Davis said of Xavier Rawls.
Davis said he never saw the third toddler.
"We mourn for the family and the people who were involved in this incident," said Christopher Springstun, a representative for the Department of Natural Resources. Springstun said an autopsy was scheduled for Monday night.
The three victims apparently died when the vehicle crashed into a cement wall, cracking it down the middle, and then caught fire near the town of Center Point about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Investigators said none of them were wearing helmets, and early indications were that alcohol may have been involved.
Center Point resident Terri Moore, whose home is just next door to where the accident occurred, placed flowers Monday at the crash site.
"It was a really tough night last night," Moore said. "It happened in front of our home and I just wanted to honor the victims … especially the children. I'm sure this lady had no intention of doing harm to anyone."
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
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