INDIANA: State Police report suspected DUI driver Taylor Barefoot killed three and injured two when operating the wrong way on I-265

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Three Dead in Wrong-Way Driver Crash

New Albany – A car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 265 yesterday evening in Clark and Floyd Counties, collided with another vehicle, killing three passengers and sending two others to the hospital. 

Around 9:14 Saturday evening, numerous callers advised of a White KIA Sportage SUV traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 from the Lewis and Clark Parkway.  Before police units could respond, the car turned west onto I-265, traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.   At approximately 9:17 pm, callers reported a head-on collision involving the SUV and a white passenger car near the 5.4 mile-marker just inside Floyd County.  Officers and firefighters from numerous agencies responded to the scene, including Indiana State Police (ISP) crash reconstructionists.  I-265 was closed from the time of the crash until approximately 12:15 Sunday morning, as the investigation continued. 


The preliminary investigation reveals that the white, 2017 KIA Sportage, driven by Taylor A. Barefoot, 31, of Louisville, KY, was in the left-hand lane, traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes at the time of the crash.  Barefoot was air-lifted to University Hospital in Louisville with severe injuries. 


The second vehicle, a white, 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, was traveling eastbound in the eastbound lanes at the time of the crash.  The Cavalier was driven by Taylor D. Cole, 21, of Marengo, Indiana.  Cole was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  Front seat passenger, Leah Renee Onstott, 22, Depauw, Indiana, was transported to University Hospital in Louisville, where she later succumbed to her injuries.  Two Juvenile passengers occupied the back seat and were transported to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville.  The juvenile son of Cole was pronounced dead after arriving at Norton’s.  The minor son of Onstott remains at Norton’s Hospital in unknown condition. 

Investigators believe alcohol played a factor in this crash.  The crash and possible criminal investigation are ongoing. 

Indiana State Police Troopers were assisted by units from the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, the New Albany Police Department, The Clarksville City Police Department, the Clarksville Fire Department, and the New Albany Fire Department.  


Taylor Danielle Cole, 21, and her son, Braxton Lee Fields, 3, died Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky.  Taylor was born May 18, 1998, in Louisville, and Braxton was born on September 10, 2016, in Corydon, Indiana.  They attended Cedar Street Baptist Church in Marengo.

Taylor is survived by her parents, Carla and Darren McDonough, and Charles Graham, Jr. and Tawnya Lynch; her daughter, Jaylynn Grace Cole; her sisters, Kaitlin Graham and Kristen Lynch; her brothers, Brendon and Christopher Graham; her grandparents, Fred and Vonda Cole, Judy Thomas, Charles Graham, Sr., Linda Bell, and Jack and Karen McDonough; her great grandmother, Dorothy Gibson; and her boyfriend, Andrew Wilson.

Braxton is survived by his father, Kenneth D. Fields (Lexee Dent); his sister, Jaylynn Grace Cole; his brother, Zayden Michael Verganza-Stephens; his grandparents, Carla and Darren McDonough, Charles Graham, Jr. and Tawnya Lynch, Kathy and Jermaine Carrington, and David and Elizabeth Fields; his great grandparents, Fred and Vonda Cole, Judy Thomas, Charles Graham, Sr., Linda Bell, Jack and Karen McDonough, and Rosie Fields; and his great great grandmother, Dorothy Gibson.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.  Pastor Joanie Gibson will officiate.  Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon.

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday and after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Fields, Darren McDonough, Kaitlin Graham, Brendon Graham, Andrew Wilson, Cody Fields and Jordan Hollis.  Honorary pallbearers will be Devin Neafus and Lee Stroud.

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March 13, 2020
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March 14, 2020
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March 14, 2020
1:00 PM
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201 North Oak St.`
Corydon, IN 47112

Obituary for Leah Renee Dunn


Leah Renee (Onstott) Dunn, 22, of Corydon, Indiana died on March 7, 2020, at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.  She was born on January 25, 1998, in Paoli, Indiana to her parents, James L. Onstott and Crystal E. (Duke) Harrell.

She was a packer for Howard Packaging in Corydon, Indiana.  

She is survived by her husband, Aaron M. Dunn of Corydon, IN; father, James L. (Jimmy) Onstott of Milltown, IN; mother, Crystal E. Harrell of Depauw, IN; sons, Jason J. Dunn and Xavier M. Dunn both of Corydon, IN; and brothers; Douglas Onstott of Marengo, IN, Bradley Onstott of Milltown, IN, step-brother, Ken Wood of Buffalo, Wyoming; and her grandmother, Sharon Duke of Depauw, IN

She was preceded in death by a step-brother, T.J. Wood and grandparents:  Stanley Duke, Kaye Cox, and Everett Onstott.

Cremation was chosen and there will be a private memorial service at a later.

Brown Funeral Home in Milltown, Indiana is entrusted with the arrangements. 

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