Coroner announces names of mother and two children who died in Monday’s Hwy. 41 accident


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — The Vanderburgh County Coroner has announced the names of the three victims that died in an accident that happened on Monday at Hwy. 41 and Covert Avenue.

Coroner Steve Lockyear says that Crystal Lawrence, 36, of Evansville, along with her 15-year-old daughter Abigail, and 6-year-old son, Chase, all died upon impact.

Around 2:30 p.m. Monday, authorities say an SUV was struck from behind by a pick-up truck. The SUV then crashed into the car in front of it, and the SUV went up in flames.

Damon Busby was the driver of the pick-up truck that crashed into the back the Lawrence’s SUV. He is charged with three counts of reckless homicide.

Damon Busby. Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office

Evansville Police says the truck Busby was driving was traveling at a high rate of speed on 41, and ran a stop light at the intersection of Hwy. 41 and Riverside Drive before the crash.

The exact speed of the truck has not yet been determined.

“One of the semis that was close to the accident had dash cam video and you can see the truck causing the accident going at a high rate of speed,” he said.

Sgt. Winsett also says Busby hasn’t been able to tell investigators much yet on his actions before the crash, but police will question him again. Dispatchers say they got more than 20 calls from eyewitnesses reporting it right after it happened.

Police say Busby is in good condition at a hospital, but will be placed in the Vanderburgh County Jail once he is released.

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(This story was originally published on Sept. 22, 2020)


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