Man charged in death of 3-year-old girl in May 13 wreck

A 21-year-old Jackson County man has been charged with operating while intoxicated causing death in connection with a wreck in May that left a 3-year-old Crothersville girl dead.

Brent Allen Sawyer of Crothersville was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on that Level 5 charge at 11:37 a.m. Saturday. The charge carries a penalty of one to six years in prison upon conviction.

Police reported on the morning of May 13 that Sawyer had been involved in a wreck on U.S. 31 in the Crothersville area, and that Tavaya A. Bevers had died. Bevers, 3, was riding in a 2003 Ford Windstar van driven by her father, Devin P. Bevers, 30, of Crothersville, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police.

Wheeles, the public information officer for the Versailles Post, said Devin Bevers was driving north on U.S. 31 near County Road 500S when he was involved in a near head-on collision with a 2006 Jeep Liberty driven by Sawyer.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7051.