At approximately 9:15 p.m. on April 18, 2017, Taylor Parsons and four other passengers were heading eastbound, at a high rate of speed, in the left lane on I-70. Parsons, who drove a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder, forcefully and suddenly moved across all 3 lanes in what ISP claims to be an attempt to exit onto Harding Street. In a possible attempt to do so, Parsons’ car slid out control and flipped approximately five times before landing.
At the time of the accident, none of the 5 individuals in the car were wearing seat-belts, causing them to be ejected from the vehicle. Brandon Gross, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Taylor Parsons, 17, later died at the hospital. The other three passengers, Kristopher Church, 17, Michael Blackmore, 19, and Olivia Evans, 18, were taken to the hospital in serious condition.
ISP has linked another vehicle which contributed to part of the crash. Details have yet to be released, but it has been concluded that Parsons was being chased after fleeing an incident that took place at Rhodius Park on West Wilkins Street and South Belmont Avenue, located about half a mile from the crash site.
Brandon Gross and Taylor Parsons were both students at Ben Davis High School, where their fellow classmates mourn their loss.
Massillamany and Jeter, LLP, Indiana motor-vehicle accident lawyers, focus on representing individuals and their family members in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, such as those often involved in vehicular accidents. If you have any additional information on this accident, please call Mario Massillamany with the law firm of Massillamany and Jeter at (317) 432-3443.
[Sources: IndyStar, WANE, Fox59]