Family members react to fatal Daviess County accident

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Evansville, Ind. (WEHT) – Four people died in a crash last night in Daviess County, Indiana. Two of them were children.


One of the victim’s family members said the news just doesn’t seem real and now they’re trying to cope during this time of mourning.

It happened at the intersection of Route 58 and County Road 425 East.
26-year-old Matthew Grimes of Evansville was driving south when investigators say he ran a stop sign.

With him, was his 5-year-old daughter Maddalynn. Also in the car, was his girlfriend, 24-year-old Jessica Krohn and their friend 7-year-old Isabella Pfingston of Boonville.


All of them were pronounced dead at the scene.
“When I got the phone call on that, it was basically like hitting home with one of my own children,” saidJohn Hampton.

John Hampton is Jessica’s cousin. He said Jessica and Matthew shared a close bond and since receiving the news, Hampton’s family has heavily relied on one another for support.

“If you were around either one of them, you didn’t have any chance to do anything but laugh or smile. So if you didn’t have the change to meet them or know them, I’m sorry,” said Hampton.

Family member’s say Jessica was a bright spirit and a friend to everyone she met. Jessica’s aunt said she’ll always cherish the final moments she spent with her.


“She was the kind of girl that was so amazing with these beautiful, kind blue eyes. My last interaction with her was with Jessica on May 25th in our front yard, blowing up balloons for my daughter Emily’s graduation party.
With Isabella running around with a balloon tied to her wrist, playing with the other kids,” said Tracey Krohn.

And recently for their family, tragedy has come in waves.

“It just seems like one bad dream. It seems like we should wake up from it but it’s not something you can wake up to. You’re not going to stop it. But she is in heaven, our grandmother is with her. We know she’s happy where she’s at and all that so that makes it a little bit easier,” said John Hampton.

The driver of the other car is identified as 41-year-old Rodney Page of Plainville.
He was taken to Daviess Community Hospital with a head injury.

Authorities say they do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident.

GoFundMe fundraisers have been set up to help with funeral expenses. Click here to donate for Jessica Krohn’s funeral.

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(This story was originally published on June 28, 2019)

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