Knox, IN Auto And Dump Truck Crash, Dec 1988


By The Associated Press.
Relatives say a traffic accident that killed six family members and a fiancée en route to a Christmas Eve celebration was shocking, but said that Christmas is still the Lord's birthday.
Six members of the DAVIS family of Knox and the girlfriend of one of the six were pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:40 a.m. accident Saturday on Starke County Road 300 South, about two miles southwest of Knox in northern Indiana. Their westbound car veered into the path of an eastbound dump truck when they tried to avoid a car that had slowed down to make a turn, authorities said. The driver of the truck was not seriously hurt.
The dead were identified as:
FLOYD DAVIS, 25, the driver of the car;
ROSALIND DAVIS, 23, his wife;
JESSE DAVIS, 17, his brother;
GLORIA DAVIS, 46, his mother;
and CARL JAMES DAVIS, 3, his stepchildren;
and LAURA CITES, 25, JESSE DAVIS' fiancée.
Weather was not believed to be a factor in the crash, authorities said.
In an earlier accident on Saturday, JEFFREY R. BLACKSHIRE, 22, of Topeka was killed when his pickup truck overturned on U.S. 33 and struck a tree just south of the Noble-Whitley County line, state police said.
BLACKSHIRE was being pursued at high speed by a Churubusco policeman, who attempted to question him after he noticed the truck parked near a business, policeman John Hart said.

Kokomo Tribune Indiana 1988-12-26