3 dead, 5 injured in head-on crash in Scott County, Ind.
Three people are dead and five others injured after a multi-car crash in Scott County, Indiana.
LEXINGTON, Ind. (WDRB) -- Investigator say two children were in the same front passenger seat of a car and were not buckled up at the time of a weekend crash that killed them and the driver.
On Saturday night, Indiana State Police say Alfonso “Bradley” Qualls, 36, was driving on East Cherry Street in Lexington, when he swerved his 2002 Kia Spectra into another lane and collided head-on with a 2004 Chevrolet pick-up truck.
Qualls was killed, along with his 8-year-old daughter, Mariah Qualls, and his 4-year-old stepson, Caden Pedigo.
Investigators say both of the children were in the front passenger seat of the Spectra.
“It’s extremely sad that they’re gone. It’s just horrible,” said Angie Takacs, Mariah’s aunt. “The last few days for us have been best described as gut-wrenching, bring you to your knees, horrible.”
Mariah’s younger brother, Alfonso Qualls, Jr., and her younger sister, Jasmine Qualls, were in the backseat of the Spectra. Takacs says the two were taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital for treatment.
According to Takacs, Jasmine suffered a broken arm, but Alfonso Jr. had serious injuries and remained in ICU as of Monday evening.
Quall's daughter, Mikayla Qualls, was also in the backseat of the Spectra. Indiana State Police say she was in a car seat, but was not properly secured.
Mikayla's family says she suffered cuts and bruises.
Investigators say two men in the pick-up, Jacob S. Pettit, 21, and Marjus C. Turner, 26, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
ISP say Qualls was driving on a suspended license. Troopers say it appears that no one in the car was wearing a seat belt.
“She has the most beautiful long brown hair. She has really big brown eyes,” Takacs described of Mariah. “She was full of life and joyful. She was just constantly happy.”
Takacs says Mariah loved horses, the outdoors, Barbies and her family.
She was a first grader at Lexington Elementary School in Lexington, Ind.
Grief counselors were at the school Monday to help students returning to class.
“We have a small school here -- 205 kids. 204 now. And it’s a close-knit community, and when we lose someone, it leaves a big gap. Mariah’s loss will be deeply felt here,” said Chuck Rose, the principal at Lexington Elementary.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Mariah’s family with funeral costs.
Leroy’s Food Mart in Lexington has placed a donation jar in their store.
Donations can also be made directly to Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.
Caden Pedigo’s visitation is planned for Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday after 9 a.m. at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m.
Services for Alfonso Qualls are private. Arrangements for Mariah are pending.
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