Early Friday Morning Crash Claims Life Of Toddler

A two-vehicle crash at 12:40 a.m. Friday morning, May 13, claimed the life of a 3-year-old local girl. Tavaya A. Bevers, age 3, was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Windstar driven by her father, Devin A. Bevers, 30, of rural Crothersville.

Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US 31 near County Road 500 South (Retreat Road) north of Crothersville.

Sawyer's 2006 Jeep Liberty

Sawyer’s 2006 Jeep Liberty

According to Trooper Jacob Tolle, Brent A. Sawyer, 21, of rural Crothersville was southbound in a 2006 Jeep Liberty when he crossed the centerline into the path of a 2003 Ford Windstar being driven by Devin P. Bevers, 30, of rural Crothersville. The vehicles collided nearly head on in the center of the roadway.

Bevers’ daughter, Tavaya A. Bevers, who was a back seat passenger in Bevers’ vehicle, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center where she died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, police reported.

Police said the toddler was believed to be have been properly restrained in a child restraint when the crash occurred.

Both drivers were checked out at the scene by medical personnel after sustaining non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Toxicology tests on both drivers are pending.

Trooper Tolle was assisted at the scene by ISP Troopers Matt Holley, Korry Clark, and Tia Deaton, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Jackson County EMS, and Vernon Township Fire Department,

Tavaya Aklynn Bevers, 3, died at 12:50 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Born July 12, 2012 in Seymour, she was the daughter of Devin P. Bevers of Uniontown, and Tonia G. Miller of Crothersville.

Other survivors include, a brother, Driften Scott Bevers of Crothersville; a sister, Tayla Vernon of Crothersville; grandparents, Sherry Gullett (James) Pray of Crothersville, Carla Vail Minton of Uniontown, Kerry Bevers of Seymour: great-grandmother, Donna Vail of Uniontown, aunts & uncles, Tamara (Benny) Barger of Scottsburg, Casey Cross, Joseph Miller and Jeremy Miller all of Uniontown, Ryan Bevers of Morgantown, Matthew Gullett of Crothersville, and James Hendricks of Seymour.

She was preceded in death by an uncle, Toby Miller and great grandparents, Clifford Vail and Emil & Geraldine Gullett.

The funeral was conducted Monday from Adams Funeral Home in Crothersville with burial in Zoah Cemetery.