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June 6, 2014

Police still investigating deadly two-car accident on I-69

DALEVILLE, Ind. — State police said that the case involving the death of a young girl on I-69 on Tuesday will be turned over to the Delaware County prosecutor once the investigation is complete.

According to ISP Pendleton Post spokesman John Bowling, the accident is still under investigation, but charges could be pending against the adults in the vehicle.

The accident claimed the life of 4-year-old Tavionna Ford of Indianapolis, who was allegedly not restrained in a proper booster seat.

The accident happened at about 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday when a Chrysler 300 driven by 41-year-old Donna Randolph — Ford’s grandmother — abruptly stopped while heading north on I-69 near the 234 exit near Daleville. A Dodge pickup driven by 72-year-old Harold Shemberger of Michigan crashed into the back of the Chrysler, sending the car into a ditch just south of the exit.

Randolph, 20-year-old Dejour-Kyrie Martin, Ford’s 20-year-old mother, Monique Ford and her 14-month-old son Larry Ford were all in the vehicle and hospitalized after the accident. Shemberger and his wife, Rosemary, were also hospitalized.

Police still are unsure of the reason the Chrysler had come to a stop. Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn said Ford’s cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma. He said the girl was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident but was not in a booster seat.

Delaware County Prosecutor Jeffrey Arnold could not be reached for comment on Friday.

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