An accident yesterday morning at a busy Daviess County intersection claimed the life of a 2-year-old child and left three other people injured.
Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies say they received several dispatch calls just before 9:35 am yesterday morning about a semi vs van accident at the intersection of State Road 257 and US 50 near Washington. Upon arrival, deputies determined that a semi driven by 42-year-old Patrick Kingrey of Aurora, Missouri was westbound on US 50 and did not stop for the stoplight. Police say the truck (owned by Willmar Poultry Company) hit a van driven by 32-year-old Miriam Briggeman, who was headed southbound on US 257. The semi collided with the left side of the van and the impact pushed the van off of the southside of the intersection. Everyone in the van was wearing a seatbelt or were in child restraints at the time of the crash according to sheriff’s deputies.
Briggeman, 27-year-old Christopher Briggeman, and 5-year-old Eli Briggeman (all of Washington) were all taken to Daviess Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Christopher was treated and released according to the hospital. The hospital says Miriam and Eli were in stable condition but were being kept for further observation.
However, 2-year-old Noah Briggeman of Washington was airlifted to Bloomington Hospital after being taken to Daviess Community Hospital with the rest of his family. He would succumb to his injuries at Bloomington Hospital.
Kingrey was not injured and authorities later cited him for failing to yield. The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department and the Monroe County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate. The Washington Township Fire Department and Indiana State Police also assisted.
It should be noted that this is not the first fatal accident to occur at this intersection. Back in 2009, the Indiana Department of Transportation installed traffic signals after several fatal accidents had occurred at the intersection through the years. The intersection only had warning lights prior to that point.