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Prosecutors reviewing Indiana crash that left 2 Beavercreek siblings dead

Published: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 1:35 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
By: Breaking News Staff, Will Garbe

UPDATE @ 9:56 p.m.:  Prosecutors in Indiana are reviewing the investigation of the crash that left a Beavercreek brother and sister dead.

Finley and Brennen Bereda, 1 year and 5 years old, were in a van their mother was driving on I-70 near the Illinois line on Tuesday when a semitrailer hit it, the Indiana State Police said.

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Christina Bereda, 33, was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She has since been released. Another son, Jordan, 3, remains a patient at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

ISP said child restraint seats were in use during the family’s drive from Ohio to Missouri.

According to ISP, the semitrailer failed to stop or avoid traffic approaching a construction zone when it hit the Bereda’s van, about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The semitrailer hit another semi after striking the Ohio family’s vehicle.

The driver of the semitrailer, 62-year-old Amritpal Singh, of Quebec, Canada, was taken to a hospital. The driver of the semi he hit, 57-year-old Russell Sims of Indianapolis, also was taken to a hospital.

According to ISP, prosecutors are reviewing the incident for possible charges.

Christina Bereda’s husband, David, was profiled by the Dayton Daily News in 2014 during the Dayton Flyers’ NCAA tournament run. At the time, the University of Dayton grad had been deployed for five months as an Air Force physician and said he would watch March Madness with a group of airmen in Kyrghzstan.

The Bereda family moved to Missouri a little more than a year ago. 

They were parishioners at Ascension church in Kettering, where their youngest was baptized in May 2016.

Father Ed Pratt, Ascension church, said, “We do the best to recognize their grief, comfort them the best we can and just promote faith. 

“Things happen that we can’t understand and we must put it in God’s hands,” he said.

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