Three flown to hospital after Thanksgiving Day crash


Three people, including a 10-year-old boy, were flown to Indianapolis hospitals Thursday night after they were injured in a two-vehicle crash on State Road 11 north of Rockford.

The most serious injuries were reportedly sustained by Catalina De Sebastian Francisco-Sebastian, 27, of Seymour, who was driving a 2007 Toyota passenger car south when it crossed the centerline and struck a 2017 Ford F150 pickup being driven by Kayia Davis, 41, of Brownstown nearly head-on, police said.

Francisco-Sebastian suffered major trauma and was treated by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. She was then flown from the scene to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by LifeLine helicopter.

Davis, who had to be extricated from the truck by Seymour firefighters, sustained leg, ankle and multiple internal injuries and also was flown to Methodist Hospital by LifeLine, police said.

On Friday afternoon, police said Davis is listed as unstable, and Francisco-Sebastian is listed as stable but critical.

Initially, police were told a Hispanic man fled from the wreck shortly before emergency personnel arrived at the scene. On Friday afternoon, police said Detective Ben Rudolph joined investigating officer Brad Barker and was able to identify the man as Emilio Jacinto Gomez, 19, of Seymour and locate him.

There was a language barrier, but Gomez told police he ran because he was scared, Barker said.

Rudolph was assisted in identifying the driver of the car by county dispatcher Bethany McElfresh and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Police also confirmed the boy, David Francisco of Seymour, is Francisco-Sebastian’s son.

The boy, who sustained a compound fracture leg and other possible injuries, was found in the floorboard area of the backseat. He was treated and taken to the emergency room at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour before being flown to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health by Air Care of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Both the car and pickup sustained major damages in the wreck, reported at 10:29 p.m. in the 8000 block of North State Road 11 just south of the blue bridge over the East Fork White River, police said. The car came to rest in the southbound lane after impact. The pickup, which appeared to have rolled over, was over a guardrail and resting on trees on the driver’s side. It was facing south on the east side of the highway.

Trooper Matt Holley, a reconstructionist with the Indiana State Police, was called to assist with the investigation. After the scene was photographed and measured, cleanup began and 31 Wrecker hauled the vehicles away.

State Road 11 was shut down until 1:48 a.m. Friday.

Barker was assisted by county Reserve Officer Dakota Burke, Seymour Police Department officers and firefighters from the Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department and Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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