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Wildwood Woman Dies in Tennessee Car Crash

Update: Three-month old Veralyn Ivanchuk is at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Officials will not comment on her current condition but said an earlier media report that the child had died was wrong.

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 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 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.

eddie Buck July 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM
What does being arrested by St. Louis County for a controlled substance, have to do with a fatal car accident in Tennessee. A young woman dies and her husbands indiscretion in another matter is brought to light. I'm disappointed, this sinks to tabloid level in my opinion.
Joy Sauter July 27, 2012 at 01:49 PM
What a sad situation. I have to agree with Eddie Buck. The former incident has nothing to do with this tragic accident and should not have been published along with this article.
Jane Budnick July 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
That is completely unprofessional reporting. You should be ashamed and immediately apologize to the family.
eddie Buck July 27, 2012 at 02:20 PM
As a father who lost a child , my deepest condolences to the young woman's family. Sometimes reporting requires a bit of compassion, as well as a certain decorum.
jason blank July 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Don't try to paint a bad picture for the husband. For all we know it was pot which shouldn't be illegal anyway. I feel horrible for him and hope for only the best of the daughter.
eddie Buck July 27, 2012 at 03:25 PM
My opinion only, I see the Patch trying to recapture or instill in an electronic sense, the feel of community newspapers of the past. Which is admirable and noble. Though, the referral to the arrest is reminiscent of the days when a story would be told, and followed by, " them damned hippies and their grass." Nuff said, the rest of my opinions, I'll keep to myself.
Julie Brown Patton (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Thank you for the opinions. The treatment of this article is the same as other articles when a previous article, or articles, is related and has been published. Regardless of the related matter, it is routinely included. Please check other articles and you will see this. This particular one is a very, very sad development, no doubt. As reporters, we too often have to report news and items that saddens us. I can't tell you how often obituaries affect me, but it is a part of my job. I invite you to consider what it's like to have to objectively report the news, regardless of personal feelings.
Allison Verde-Haum July 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
So what about his arrest. Prayers go out to the families for their lost.
Kira July 27, 2012 at 08:49 PM
They bring up the previous arrest because it is possible that he had some type of controlled substance in his system that caused him to fall asleep. The police told a local paper they didn't think alcohol or drugs played a roll in the accident. They didn't say he was tested and came back clean.
Anon July 27, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I believe that this family has also had some arrests for thefts. They have been described as a local band of gypsies. I know that has nothing to do with the horrible accident & loss that they have suffered, but one has to wonder why this family, those in this article as well as extended family members, keeps getting into trouble that is newsworthy. If you see the coming, you should probably be very alert to their actions.
eddie Buck July 27, 2012 at 09:14 PM
They bring it up because it could be scandalous. Sensationalism at it's best.
eddie Buck July 27, 2012 at 09:16 PM
You shouldn't be allowed to reply on this matter unless you use your actual name. What you did is nothing short of being a gossip and spitting on the grave of the deceased. Have a little respect.
Mike Dalton July 28, 2012 at 03:19 AM
From what I see, E-W.P. is only reporting facts, which is better than most news outlets that constantly push their opinions. I enjoy getting local news through them because they rarely voice opinions in their stories. If you have a problem with facts, then maybe you should not be here. Maybe The Onion is best suited for you, or NBC perhaps. It is tragic what has happened to this family and I send them my prayers. No child should grow up without a mother and hopefully this child pulls through. In addition, if he was recently arrested for possession of a controlled substance, it very well could have been a depressant which could affect the drivers ability to stay awake. Always wear your seat belts too. Cheers
family July 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I am a part of this family and this reporting makes us sick. We are grieving enough without the need for more from irrssponsible media reports. First a "mistake" from the hospital media spokesman stating that the baby had passed away, resulting in unnecessary grief and now this story and an anonymous comment about gypsie thieves which is absolutely untrue. This makes us sick, and doesnt even deserve my time away from precious VeraLyn but someone has to stand up. Yes Andrew has made mistakes but he was not under any other influence accept from his beautiful wife and daughter. He was tested the same day and no charges have been filed as he did nothing wrong. Eddie, Joy, and others thank you for standing up for our family. Lou and Julie shame on you and maybe someday you can get a real reporting job.
Candace July 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM
This statement is completely honest: The police report is available if you want the straight facts. But as one of Danielle's sisters, I can say for a fact there were no drugs or alcohol involved. The family is a respectable Christian family with a very strong faith in Christ. We are in no way "a band of gypsies." The possession of controlled substance statement, though, true, was not a factor in this accident. And Andrew is just a young man who made a little mistake a month ago just like we all make mistakes. The accident was purely a tragedy of someone falling asleep at the wheel, realizing it, and overcorrecting the vehicle. Admit it, we've all driven a little sleepy in our cars before. Even the Lieutenant here in Nashville who spoke to us about everything admitted to that. As far as the seatbelts go...yes, Danielle wasn't wearing hers, and she should have been. It wouldn't have saved her anyway because of how she was laying in the car. She died asleep, laying in Andrew's lap as he drove. Her passing was painless, peaceful, instant, and in God's hands. She did not suffer. God sometimes takes our most precious Angels. In my eyes, Danielle was one of the most beautiful and loving souls on Earth. Our family has grieved a lot these past few days, and we respect and are thankful for those who have shown compassion. For those who lack this, I strongly encourage you to search for your soul.
Ann Martel July 29, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I thought the exact same thing when I read the article.
C Prunty July 29, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Objectively reporting the news involves "relevant" related matter, not just related matter. Including related matter that has absolutely no relevance is careless and unprofessional. To the family members dealing with this terrible tragedy, your community supports you and grieves with you.
Nellya July 30, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Candace thank you for standing up for us along with the few others. Shame on the reporter who felt it was appropriate to write about Andrews previous mistakes. Why so his daughter can find this article when she get older? Shame on you. My brother Andrew couldn't be more devastated about his wife's death, wishing it was him instead. I can only imagine how much this would hurt him if he read it. Why being more pain to people who can barely handle the pain in front of them. this isn't reporting, this is shameful & so hurtful to those of us involves. I hope you don't do this to other families in the future because death is the worst thing in this world to go through & the last thing we need is people like you putting salt on our wounds.
Anonymous August 02, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I'm also disappointed in the Patch's decision to include information that has nothing to do with the tragic story at hand. We are too small of a community for this type of "air the dirty laundry" reporting, in my opinion. I understand that you are trying to run a "real" news site here....but it honestly makes me want to quit following the Patch altogether.
Katie September 15, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I went to High school with this danielle. This is sickening that they included that her husband was arrested on possession. It's completely unrelated. A man just lost his wife. His soulmate. And their daughter is in critical condition. That's what matters. Rest in peace Danielle 12.2.1990-7.25.2012
Petr Ivanchuk May 27, 2013 at 08:14 AM
The reporter who mentioned about the controlled substance is simply an idiot...

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