Martinsville man dies in Howard County crash after being ejected through the sunroof

HOWARD CO. — A Martinsville man was killed in a Howard County crash Sunday after being ejected from a vehicle’s sunroof.

Howard County sheriff’s deputies responded to a multi-vehicle crash at 3:15 p.m. on US 31 just north of US 35.

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

According to police, a passenger in the vehicle, 60-year-old James Hayden of Martinsville, was ejected from the sunroof of the vehicle. He died at the scene. The Howard County coroner listed Hayden’s cause of death as blunt force trauma.

An 11-year-old child in the Chevrolet was flown to a hospital for treatment. The extent of the child’s injuries are not known at this time.

A reconstruction of the crash site indicated the Chevrolet flipped twice before coming to a rest.

According to police, Potts had a blood alcohol content of 0.024 percent, which is below the 0.08% legal limit in Indiana.

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

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