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Two local residents die in Plainfield crash

Monday, June 22, 2009

PLAINFIELD -- A car crash on I-70 near Plainfield Saturday night claimed the life of a pair of Putnam County residents.

Luke Lovins, 21, of Cloverdale was pronounced dead at the scene of accident. One of his passengers, Erin C. Ford, 20, of Coatesville was taken off life support Sunday afternoon at Methodist Hospital. Ford had been transported to Methodist via Dove Flight helicopter on Saturday evening.

The crash happened at 6:12 p.m. near the 66-mile marker. According to a report from the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post, Lovins was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on I-70 when Alfredo Luviano Martinez, 31, of St. Louis, Mo., who was driving a 2000 Ford pickup westbound on I-70, crossed the median and hit Lovins' vehicle head on.

Lovins' vehicle flipped onto the passenger side before coming to rest in the grass off the eastbound lanes of the highway, the report said.

Lovins, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Hendricks County Coroner Justin Newman.

There were three other passengers in Lovins' vehicle, the ISP report said. Thomas F. Ford, 53, Chandler B. Ford, 13 and Debora S. Ford, 50, all of Coatesville, were taken by ambulance to Hendricks County Hospital.

The ISP report listed all three passengers in critical condition on Sunday. Phone calls to the hospital seeking information on their conditions were not returned at press time.

Martinez sustained "non-life threatening injuries," the report said, and he was transported to Methodist Hospital.

Assisting the ISP at the accident scene were representatives from the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department, Plainfield Police Department and Avon Fire Department.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Corporal Wiley Mimms at the Putnamville State Police Post at 1-800-225-8576.

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Horrible,horrible news!Such a sad situation for a wonderful,loving family.I always admired the hugging and loving and respect this family displayed for each other.My heart and prayers are offered to all of them as well as the Ford family..Such a tradgedy reminds us how precious and fragile life is.I am proud to have known Luke as well the whole Lovins bunch.

-- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 9:51 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lovins and Ford families. May God give you comfort and wrap you in his loving arms during this time.

-- Posted by lskelton2 on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 8:40 AM


-- Posted by skittlebug on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 8:50 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family...what a sad day.

Know that God is always there with a listening ear. he will be there for you.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13 - this is one of my favorite passages. It lets you know that he is always with you through anything.

God bless you all.

-- Posted by luv2bmom2001 on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 9:20 AM




-- Posted by takeastand on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 1:17 PM

We've known the Ford family for years.....our prayers go out to the Fords....Debbie will need back and shoulder surgery...Fred is in drug induced coma with brain damage....Chandler has a broken femur....and to have lost both Erin and Luke....my heart is breaking....Pray for their healing both physically and emotionally for the Ford family as well as the Lovins family....both families are wonderful, thoughtful people!!!

We love you and are praying for you.....love, the Neases

-- Posted by sneaser on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 1:53 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lovins and Ford families. It is a tragic loss. We are deeply saddened. Words cannot express the grief, but turn to God for everything. He is always there. God bless these families.

David, Margaret, Spenser and Adam Smith

-- Posted by mlsmithmaggielou on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 5:08 PM

While we do not know these families, our heartfelt prayers goes out to the Lovins and Fords in this tragic time. May God hold you all close....

-- Posted by John3:16 on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 1:00 PM

Lovin and Ford families, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Fred and I were classmates in HS. Stay strong and trust God to support you as you continue on.

-- Posted by d.clonch on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 2:37 PM

Fred, I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family. I haven't seen you in years, but hope you know I sincerely wish there was something I could do to help you right now. God is good and He will be with you now and forever. Lu Ann Folden Burke

-- Posted by LuAnn on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 4:10 PM


As Lu Ann stated, it has been years since we have all seen one another but I, too, want you to know that my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I know what it feels like to lose people you love and I do believe in the power of prayer as a part of the long healing process. Even though miles separate friends from the past, we are all only a prayer and a phone call away. I will share this with my Pastor and church family.

Sincerely, Lisa Atkins Jeffers

-- Posted by Lisa Atkins Jeffers on Mon, Jul 20, 2009, at 11:54 AM


Hey, Buddy,

I'm so sorry for your tragic sudden loss. May God comfort you and your family at this time, physically and emotionally. You are like 'family' and always will be...far away in miles...but close in heart. We will keep you and your family lifted up in prayer. Prayer changes things.

We Love You.

-- Posted by Lynn Rice Blair on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 3:10 PM


A chance to tell you that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers daily...

I love you...

Your Niece,


-- Posted by Vicki Catri on Sat, Aug 1, 2009, at 6:33 AM

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