Sentencing began Thursday for the driver charged in a fatal, wrong-way crash in Floyd County.
Police say Taylor Barefoot, 31, was behind the wheel when she crashed head-on into another vehicle on I-265. The March 7, 2020 crash killed 22-year-old Leah Onstott Dunn, 21-year-old Taylor Cole, Cole’s son Braxton and her unborn child.
In March, Barefoot pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death while driving drunk and one count of involuntary manslaughter.
Family from both sides filled the courtroom Thursday for the first day of sentencing.
The state told the court the situation began at a company work party Barefoot attended that night. According to prosecutors, Barefoot was intoxicated and drove home from the party with a blood alcohol concentration three to four times the legal limit.
At one point, Barefoot began traveling the wrong way on Interstate-264, according to police who were dispatched to the 911 call. Before they found Barefoot, she crashed head-on into a Chevy Cavalier, driven by Taylor Cole, who later died at the hospital, prosecutors said.
The state displayed images of the crash to the courtroom, showing the back end of Barefoot’s white Kia propped up on the guard rail and the front half of Cole’s Chevy Cavalier smashed.
Sgt. Matthew Marshall, a trooper with the Indiana State Police was one of the first law enforcement officers to arrive on scene, he testified.