Child dies in 3-car accident
BAINBRIDGE -- An Indiana-polis boy died in a Saturday afternoon auto accident on his way to a family outing at Raccoon State Recreation Area.
Ten-year-old Alian Chavero was pronounced dead at the scene by the Putnam County Coroner's Office. The boy sustained massive head injuries, Sgt. Don Pettit of the Putnam County Sheriff's Dept. reported.
Pettit told the BannerGraphic that the child was a rear-seat passenger in a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Oscar Chavero Mendiaz, Indianapolis.
The Pontiac was westbound on U.S. 36 and had just exited the bridge over Big Walnut Creek when it was hit in the driver's side by an eastbound 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Kimberly Bayless, 41, Greencastle.
Pettit reported it is unknown why the Bayless vehicle crossed the center line, but it collided with the driver's side of the Pontiac, and then collided with a westbound 2003 Mazda driven by Troy Monson.
The impact pushed by the Pontiac and the Mazda into the ditch on the north side of the road. The Hyundai spun in the highway and stopped facing west.
Another passenger in the Pontiac, Brian Chevro, 5, was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
Monson was transported to Hendricks Regional Health, Danville, for treatment of his injuries. He was alone in his car.
Bayless declined medical treatment at the scene. Passengers in her vehicle, Alison Bayless, 8, and Emma Bayless, 3, complained of pain, but were released at the scene.
Pettit reported that an accident reconstructionist from the Indiana State Police post at Terre Haute was called to the scene to assist in the investigation. The highway was closed for about three hours following the accident.
Also assisting Pettit at the scene were Sgt. Tom Helmer, Deputy Ronnie Campbell, Lt. Doug Nally, Bainbridge Marshal Rodney Fenwick, and Trooper Chris Carter.