“James Mayall, 88, Killed in Tragic Crash During Police Chase; Three Teenagers Involved”

By | July 24, 2023



A tragic incident unfolded in Knox County, Indiana, on Friday, resulting in a multi-county police chase that ended in the death of one individual. According to Indiana State Police, the incident began when Sullivan County deputies received a report of a stolen Dodge Dakota pick-up truck from Vigo County, heading south on 41.

Deputies in Sullivan County located the stolen truck and attempted to pull the driver over. However, the driver refused to stop and continued south, eventually crossing into Knox County. It was at the intersection of 41 and Old 41 in Oaktown where the stolen truck collided with another vehicle that was stationary at a stop sign. Tragically, the driver of the stationary vehicle, identified as James Mayall, an 88-year-old resident of Oaktown, did not survive the crash. He was airlifted to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

The stolen truck contained three teenagers. The driver, a 16-year-old male from Terre Haute, was accompanied by a 16-year-old female from Poland and a 15-year-old male from Terre Haute. All three teenagers had been reported missing prior to the incident.

The driver and the teen girl sustained minor injuries and were taken to a Vincennes hospital for treatment. Subsequently, they were transferred to the Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village. The 15-year-old male was airlifted to an out-of-area hospital, and his current condition remains uncertain.

This unfortunate event serves as a reminder of the potential dangers and consequences of reckless behavior and stolen vehicles. The loss of a life and the injuries sustained by the teenagers involved highlight the need for increased vigilance and enforcement to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. It is essential for law enforcement and communities to work together to address issues related to stolen vehicles and ensure the safety of all individuals on the road..