WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A woman remains in critical condition Wednesday after a crash Tuesday morning that killed her 3-year-old brother.
First responders removed Grace Lescalleet, 24, from her wrecked sedan before she was flown to an Indianapolis hospital.
Investigators say they're still trying to piece together what happened, including a timeline of events that led to the crash. Central to the investigation is what caused Lescalleet to veer off the right side of Jackson Highway at a bend in the road near County Road 475 West.
The road is a popular shortcut from Montmorenci to West Lafayette. Captain Rob Hainje says the same bend in the road has claimed one other life in the past several years.
The crash happened at about 9:30 a.m. Police say Lescalleet was driving westbound in her 2020 Honda Accord when she drove off the right side of the road, crashed through a fence and hit a small, grassy hill before becoming airborne and slamming into a tree.
First responders found 3-year-old Wyatt Mohr dead at the scene. Police say both Lescalleet and Mohr were properly restrained in the vehicle.
After speaking with the boy's mother this morning, Hainje says Mohr was a happy child who overcame a heart condition when he was born.
"His mom said they had a wonderful three years with their son and that he was a very happy child and brought a lot of joy and happiness to the family," Hainje says.
A man who described himself as a tenant at the property on Jackson Highway was cleaning up the aftermath of the crash Wednesday morning. He says the tragedy is weighing heavily on himself and others who live in the area.
Hainje says investigators do not believe alcohol, drugs or distracted driving were factors in the crash but they're looking into those possibilities to be sure.
Lescalleet is currently being treated at IU Methodist hospital. Her condition has been improved to stable.