“Fatal Crash in Indiana: James Mayall, 88, Dies in Collision during Police Pursuit”

By | July 24, 2023



On July 21, a police pursuit in Indiana ended tragically when a stolen vehicle collided with another car, resulting in the death of an 88-year-old man. The incident occurred on US 41 at Old US 41 in Oaktown.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies had received information about a stolen 1997 Dodge Dakota traveling south on US 41. They attempted to stop the truck, but the driver refused to comply and continued driving. Eventually, in Knox County, the driver crashed into a 2006 Chevrolet Impala at the intersection of Old US 41 and US 41, ending the pursuit.

Investigations revealed that all three juvenile passengers in the stolen vehicle had been reported missing from Vigo and Owen Counties. The 16-year-old male driver was approaching Old US 41 at Oaktown when he attempted to make a right turn onto the road. However, he was driving too fast and collided with the driver’s side of the Chevrolet Impala, which was stopped at a stop sign. The driver of the Impala, identified as James Mayall, was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis but sadly succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the stolen Dodge Dakota suffered minor injuries and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital before being transported to Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village. One of the passengers, a 16-year-old female, also received minor injuries and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital before being transported to the youth village. The third passenger, a 15-year-old male, was airlifted to Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, and his current condition is unknown.

This incident serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers associated with stolen vehicles and police pursuits. It highlights the importance of law enforcement agencies in ensuring public safety and apprehending individuals involved in criminal activities. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of James Mayall during this difficult time, and we hope for the swift recovery of the injured passengers..