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Martinsville man dead, 11-year-old injured in Howard County crash

The crash happened Sunday, Aug. 7 around 3:15 p.m. on U.S. 31, just north of U.S. 35, near Kokomo.
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HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. — Howard County sheriff's deputies are investigating a deadly crash that happened north of Kokomo Sunday afternoon.

Dispatchers received numerous reports of a multiple-vehicle crash on U.S. 31, just north of U.S. 35, around 3:15 p.m.

According to a preliminary investigation, deputies believe a 2001 Lexus, driven by 21-year-old Kyra Potts, of Fort Wayne, was going north on U.S. 31, near the U.S. 35 exit, when the vehicle went off the roadway, crossed the median and went into the traffic going south. The vehicle crashed head-on with a 2014 Chevrolet, driven by 55-year-old Rebecca Hayden, of Martinsville.

Howard County sheriff's reconstructionists believe the Chevrolet flipped twice after being hit head-on. Deputies said the front passenger in the Chevrolet, 60-year-old James Hayden, of Martinsville, was ejected from the vehicle through the sunroof. Deputies said Hayden was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Medic pronounced Hayden dead at the scene. The Howard County coroner said Hayden died from blunt force trauma.

An 11-year-old, who was also a passenger in the Chevrolet, was flown in a helicopter to a hospital with injuries. The extent of the child's injuries are not known at this time.

A breathalyzer at the scene determined Potts had a blood alcohol content of 0.024%, which is below the 0.08% legal limit in Indiana.

Potts was taken in an ambulance to a hospital due her her injuries in the crash. Potts had her blown drawn in accordance with Indiana law, and toxicology results are pending.

Anyone with additional information on the crash is asked to call Corporal Myers at 765-614-3482. 

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