Woman involved in crash faces felony charge


A woman involved in a Thanksgiving Day wreck just north of Seymour now faces a felony charge, police report.

On Dec. 1, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer Brad Barker worked with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office to file charges against Catalina De Sebastian Francisco-Sebastian, 27, of Seymour.

That includes a Level 5 felony charge of reckless driving/aggressive driving with catastrophic injury and misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while never having received a driver’s license and providing false information on a driver’s license application.

The investigation led to her arrest on a warrant Friday at her home by Seymour police officers. She was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 10:53 p.m. but was released 12 minutes later on her own recognizance.

Barker said that was due to the totality of her injuries, which includes massive internal injuries and very serious compound fractures to her arm and leg.

“She was still in very, very, very poor shape from her injuries, and with all of her injuries and all of the medical attention she was going to need, they ended up releasing her from our jail,” he said.

Francisco-Sebastian, however, is set to make an appearance at 1 p.m. Jan. 15 in Jackson Circuit Court in Brownstown.

She was one of three people flown to Indianapolis hospitals the night of Nov. 28, 2019, after a two-vehicle crash in the 8000 block of North State Road 11 just south of the blue bridge over the East Fork White River. That was reported at 10:29 p.m.

Francisco-Sebastian 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.

Davis had to be extricated from her truck by Seymour firefighters and was flown to Methodist Hospital by LifeLine. She sustained leg, ankle and multiple internal injuries. Then during her first few days in the hospital, she suffered a stroke.

Throughout her time in the hospital, a friend has shared updates via the Kayia’s Journey Facebook page. On Monday afternoon, it was stated she had “a pleasant weekend” with a few visitors, including her youngest son, Brady.

Find the full story in Thursday’s Tribune and online at tribtown.com.

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