Woman sentenced for crash that killed 3
A Louisville woman responsible for the death of three people from the Crawford-Harrison County area was sentenced last month.
Taylor Barefoot was convicted and sentenced to three counts of causing death while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and one count of involuntary manslaughter.
The crash occurred on the night of Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Floyd County when Barefoot’s KIA Sportage collided head-on with a Chevrolet Cavalier while Barefoot was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 265.
Killed in the crash were Taylor D. Cole, 21, of Marengo, who was driving the Cavalier, her 3-year-old son, who was in the rear seat, and a front-seat passenger in her car, Leah Renee Onstott, 22, of Depauw. Onstott’s juvenile son, who was also in the rear seat, was injured in the crash.
Numerous callers had reported the SUV traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 from the Lewis & Clark Parkway. Before police units could respond, the vehicle turned west onto I-265, traveling west in the eastbound lanes.
The collision occurred at about 9:17 near the 5.4 mile-marker just inside Floyd County. Officers and firefighters from numerous agencies responded to the scene, including Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists.
Barefoot, who was 31 at the time of the crash, sustained severe injuries. She pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and one count of involuntary manslaughter for the death of an unborn fetus that resulted from the crash.
A jury sentenced Barefoot to 20 years in prison, of which 12 years must be served. She will be on probation for the remaining eight years once she is released.
According to a lawsuit filed last year by Cole’s family, Barefoot had been at a work party where she had been drinking before the crash.