Three-Vehicle Crash in Bartholomew County Kills One

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A man lost his life in a three-vehicle crash in Bartholomew County on Monday, January 4. The fatal crash took place at the intersection of the Whitfield Drive and 10th Street in Columbus.

According to the details shared by the Columbus police, the incident was reported in the morning at around 9 a.m. The County Coroner identified the victim as Dennis Deffenbaugh, 73, of Columbus.

Deffenbaugh was traveling southbound at the time. He had just exited the parking lot at Lowe’s and was riding in a 1995 Ford F250. A second vehicle which was traveling westbound on the 10th Street crashed into the Ford F250 at the intersection. This second vehicle was identified as a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. Nicoleta D. Dailey, 39, of Hope was driving the Chevrolet.

The sheer impact of the collision caused the Chevrolet to crash into another vehicle. This third vehicle was a 2012 Mercedes GL450. CPD identified the driver of this sport utility vehicle as Lorena V. Baird, 49, of Columbus. Baird was headed eastbound on the 10th Street when Chevrolet crashed into her vehicle after the initial collision.

Deffenbaugh sustained critical injuries in the three-vehicle crash in Bartholomew County. Preliminary investigations show that he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time. Once the paramedics and County Coroner reached the accident site, Deffenbaugh was pronounced dead on the scene.

Dailey also sustained serious injuries due to the dual collisions that the Chevrolet suffered. She was first transported to the Columbus Regional Hospital. A CPD spokesperson confirmed that Dailey was later taken to the IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Baird was also injured although her injuries are reported as minor. 

Authorities shut down the eastbound traffic on the 10th Street from the South Marr Road to U.S. 31. Indiana State Police, Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office and local fire departments responded to the crash.

If you or your loved one is hurt in a motor vehicle accident, make sure to contact an Indianapolis car accident lawyer right away.


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