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Shelby County woman passed away almost four months after car accident

A Shelby County woman has died almost four months after a two-car crash in February that sent three people to the hospital.


Indiana State Police say one driver, Melinda Nevins, 28, of Shelbyville, was lifelined from the scene.  Nevins passed away Wednesday, June 2.


The two-vehicle crash occurred on State Road 9 near 600 South just before 5:30 pm.


The driver of the other vehicle went by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries – Kristi Cooper, 28, of Greensburg.  A passenger in her vehicle, Paul Cox, 37, of Plainfield, was also taken by ambulance for medical treatment.


Obituary notice

Melinda Marie Nevins, 28 of Shelbyville, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Indianapolis.


She was born on November 21, 1992 in South Bend, Indiana to Robert “Michael” Nevins and Cristal (Vinson) Nevins.   Melinda is survived by her fiancé, Troy Dunkleberger; daughter, Ariah Dunkleberger; parents, Michael and Cristal Nevins; brother, William Nevins; nephew, Isaiah Bratcher Nevins and paternal grandparents, Mark and Judy Nevins.  She was preceded in passing by her maternal grandparents, Stiles and Diane Vinson.


Melinda was a 2011 graduate of Franklin Community High School and attended Ivy Tech in Columbus, Indiana.   


Health and fitness was a passion of Melinda’s.  She was loved by many and always had an encouraging word.


Melinda was a devoted mother who was nurturing and dedicated to her daughter.  She loved her family and was very passionate and loyal as a daughter, sister, fiancé, granddaughter, aunt, niece and cousin.   


Melinda was so excited to join Troy’s family and was loved dearly by them.


A Celebration of Melinda’s life will be held on Sunday, June 6 at 3:00 p.m. at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 North Morton Street, (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin with visitation on Sunday, June 6 from 1:00 p.m. to time of service at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shelbyville Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.


Expressions of caring and kindness may be received to the family at www.flinnmaguire.net