Southern Indiana woman pleads guilty in wrong-way crash

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — A southern Indiana woman pleaded guilty Thursday to four felonies in connection with a wrong-way freeway crash that killed three people and an unborn child.

Taylor Barefoot, 31, of Floyd County entered the pleas to three counts of operating while intoxicated causing death and involuntary manslaughter for the death of a fetus.

Floyd Circuit Judge Terrence Cody took the pleas under advisement.

A plea agreement calls for a sentence of no more than 28 years.

The crash on the night of March 7, 2020, occurred while Barefoot was driving in the wrong direction in the westbound lanes of Interstate 265 in Floyd County. Her vehicle struck a car driven by Taylor Cole, 21, who along with her unborn child died as a result of the crash. Passengers Leah Onstott-Dunn, 21, and another child also died.

Blood taken from Barefoot after the crash revealed she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.30, or nearly four times the legal limit of 0.08.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 7.