Third person in I-65 crash dies


A third person has died from injuries she sustained in a wreck that killed her young great-niece and great-nephew less than two weeks ago.

Kathy Scroggins, 55, of Commiskey, died Saturday at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

She had suffered severe head trauma and was flown to the hospital. A family member said Friday that Scroggins remained in a coma since the wreck, which happened June 11 on southbound Interstate 65 in Columbus.

The funeral service for Scroggins will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Marion Baptist Church, 7730 W. County Road 850 S., Commiskey.

Scroggins and the children, Addyson LeaAnn Engle, 6, of Commiskey and Keghan Daniel McCrory-Engle, 10, of Hayden, were returning home from a visit to St. Vincent Women’s Hospital in Indianapolis, where Addyson’s mother, Trista Engle, had been admitted with complications with her second pregnancy. That baby, a girl, was born premature just two days later on June 13 and remains at the hospital.

Trista Engle was released from the hospital June 16.

The wreck happened around 5 p.m. when the sport utility vehicle Scroggins was driving struck the back of a semitrailer stopped over the Driftwood River, just north of the State Road 46 interchange. Traffic was halted because of a fatal motorcycle crash that happened an hour earlier at the 64.5-mile marker.

The motorcycle wreck claimed the life of Hunter D. Patton, 58, of Dupont. His wife Kathlene, 55, was a passenger on the motorcycle. She was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital after suffering injuries.

Scroggins’ wreck was so forceful that the vehicle was wedged under the trailer, investigators said. First responders worked for nearly two hours to free her from the wreckage.

Addyson and Keghan died at the scene.

A joint funeral was conducted for the young cousins Friday.

Also in the vehicle was Bryannah Reynolds, 6, of Commiskey, who survived the wreck. She was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis with injuries and has been released.

Scroggins and her husband, Richard, were caretakers for Bryannah, who suffers from developmental disabilities, for the past six years. The couple also owned and operated Scroggins Home Health Care in Jennings County.

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