Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville told Patch Friday evening that an earlier report that three-month old Veralyn Ivanchuk had died was incorrect. A Nashville newspaper and at least one St. Louis media outlet had reported the infant had died Thursday afternoon.
Friday afternoon Medical Center spokesman Craig Oerner told Patch that although Thursday's report was wrong, he would not comment on her current condition. Oerner stated privacy laws limited him to say no more than “the patient is no longer in the public directory.” When the Medical Center corrected the earlier report on Friday morning, officials had explained the baby girl remained in critical condition and was not deceased.
Our earlier story continues below:
Danielle Janette Ivanchuk, 21, of Wildwood was killed Wednesday morning in a car crash in Christina, TN, Tennessee Highway Patrol officers reported. Her husband, Andrew, who was driving, was treated and released at a Nashville hospital. However, the couple’s daughter, three-month old Veralyn, was in critical condition after being airlifted to a Nashville hospital, news reports said.
According to the accident report, the family’s 1999 Audi was traveling east on Interstate 24 about 40 miles south of Nashville when Andrew Ivanchuk fell asleep while driving. The car veered off the left side of the road. Andrew Ivanchuk overcorrected to the right, crossing both both lanes and going off the highway. The car struck several large trees before coming to a stop.
On May 31 Andrew Ivanchuk was arrested by St. Louis County Police Department officers for possession of a controlled substance.
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Sgt. Rick Woodard of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told a local newspaper, the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, that neither alcohol nor drugs were believed to be factors in the crash. Andrew Ivanchuk and Danielle Ivanchuk were not wearing their safety belts at the time. Veralyn Ivanchuk was properly restrained in her car seat.