Coroner: Heart issue, not crash, claimed woman’s life

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Courtesy Indiana State Police

CLOVERDALE — A medical issue preceded the crash that claimed a Cloverdale woman’s life last week, the Putnam County coroner has confirmed.

A cardiac issue apparently caused 56-year-old Lavada Boyette to lose control of her vehicle on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

The 2013 Honda Pilot then ran another vehicle off the road before leaving U.S. 231 near County Road 1300 South, traveling another 600 feet before driving about 30 feet into a pond.

“We’re ruling that a cardiac event,” Coroner Dave Brown reported, based on the findings of pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr.

Arriving on the scene soon after, two Cloverdale Police officers and one Indiana State trooper waded through the icy waters to get the unresponsive victim from the vehicle.

Although efforts to revive Boyette were soon started, she was pronounced dead at Putnam County Hospital.

No one else was in the vehicle, a fact confirmed when two Indiana Conservation Officer divers searched the vehicle and the area.

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  • Mrs. Boyette was a very sweet, kind, and lovely lady. I am so sorry that we have had to say good bye so soon, but there will be another day in the future when we will see her again. My sympathy to the family!

    -- Posted by vincenteunice46 on Fri, Jan 19, 2018, at 2:45 PM
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