Kokomo woman, child survive after they were ejected in I-65 crash

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JASPER COUNTY (WTHR) - A mother and child from Kokomo were seriously injured but somehow able to survive a rollover crash on Interstate 65 near Rensselaer Sunday afternoon even though they were thrown from their SUV.

State Police say Keyida L. Moore, 37, and 3-year-old Kayla Williams, both of Kokomo were ejected out the passenger side window when a tire blew on the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Eric W. Williams, 31, also of Kokomo.

According to police, Kayla was flown to an Indianapolis hospital with serious injuries. Moore also received serious injuries. Neither were wearing seatbelts and the little girl was sitting in the woman's lap when Eric Williams lost control of the southbound SUV about two miles north of the Rensselaer exit. The SUV left the roadway, went through the median, hit the guard rail that separates northbound from south bound traffic, went airborne and rolled.

The SUV landed wheels down against the cable barrier in the median while Moore landed approximately 10 feet north of the SUV. Kayla Williams landed in the median approximately 30 feet from the SUV.

Eric Williams, his front seat passenger Latisha Yancy, 31, and back seat passengers Niyel Williams, 4, Kayden Yancy, 3, and Jayden Smith, 2, all of Kokomo were taken to Saint Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said none of the children were in child seats, and they may have been belted with two of the younger children sharing one seat belt.

Indiana law requires all passengers in a moving vehicle be restrained in a seatbelt or child restraint system while the vehicle is in forward motion.

Police did not indicate if Eric Williams, as the driver, or any of the other adults in the SUV would be cited in the crash.