The Washington Times-Herald

November 12, 2013

Accident kills child, family injured

By Nate Smith
Times Herald

---- — An accident at the SR 257/U.S. 50 bypass killed a two-year-old child and injured three members of his family Tuesday morning.

Noah Briggeman, 2, Washington, died at Bloomington Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a van/semi accident at the intersection. His brother, Eli J. Briggeman, 5, mother, Miriam D. Briggeman, 32, and father, Christopher Briggeman, 27, were taken to Daviess Community Hospital.

A hospital employee said Christopher was treated and released, while Eil and Miriam were in stable condition but were being kept for observation.

According to a release from the Daviess County Sheriff's Department, at 9:34 a.m., dispatch received several calls about the accident involving the semi and a van. When deputies arrived, they determined a 2007 Kenworth semi, driven by Patrick H. Kingrey, 42, Aurora Mo., and owned by the Willmar Poultry Company was westbound on U.S. 50 and failed to stop at the red light.

The semi then struck a 2008 Toyota Sienna driven by Miriam Briggeman, who was southbound on SR 257. The semi hit the left side of the van, pushing off the left side of the intersection. All passengers were wearing seatbelts or had child restraints.

All four in the van were taken to Daviess Community Hospital by Southwest Medical Ambulance. Noah Briggeman was then airlifted to Bloomington by AirEvac where he later died.

Kingrey was not injured in the accident and was later cited for failure to yield. The accident is still under investigation by the sheriff's department and the Monroe County Coroner's Office. The Washington Township Fire Department and Indiana State Police also assisted at the scene.

Word spread quickly about the accident on social media, asking for prayers for the family.

This is not the first time the intersection has claimed lives. In 2009, the state Department of Transportation put in traffic lights after multiple fatal accidents at the intersection. In years previous, only warning lights were used.