Columbus man dies in Jennings crash

Jennings crashCorrection: An earlier version of this story misidentified Michael Mathis as driver of a vehicle in this crash. He was a passenger. We apologize for the error.

A Columbus man died in a three-vehicle Jennings County crash Saturday night.

46-year-old Michael Mathis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies were called to the crash on State Road 3 near County Road 650S at about 9:52 p.m. to find an SUV, car and pickup truck had collided. Witnesses said the car, in which  Mathis was a passenger,  was headed  northbound, crossed the centerline and collided, first with the SUV, then the pickup, according to a report from Lt. Mike Mowery, spokesman for the sheriff’s department.

Several people were taken to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital with injuries and a 3-year-old girl and a passenger in the car were later flown to Indianapolis hospitals, Mowery says. Their names were not released.

The girl was in the back seat of the SUV and is the daughter of the driver, 32-year-old Amanda K. Helton and 38-year-old Robert T. Helton, who was in the front passenger seat. They are from Deputy.

The pickup truck was driven by 69-year-old Patty S. Daugherty, also of  Deputy, IN.

State Road 3 was closed for several hours.

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