BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A Bloomington bridge has been officially renamed in honor of a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy who died doing her job.
In 2008, Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Sarah Irene Haylett-Jones was hit by a car on State Road 45 while directing traffic around a stranded vehicle. In response, local police blocked intersections along the route used to take Haylett-Jones to the hospital.
This route included the 2nd Street bridge over I-69.
During a ceremony on Oct. 28, signs were installed at that bridge by the Indiana Department of Transportation, officially renaming it the Sarah Irene Haylett-Jones Memorial Bridge.
Haylett-Jones died in the hospital two days after the accident. Originally from Coldwater, Mich., Haylett-Jones worked with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for eight months. Before that, she worked with Alabama’s Montgomery Police Department, and was also a U.S. Air Force veteran.
The driver who hit Haylett-Jones was using a cell phone during the crash. During the 2020 legislative session, her mother, Kim Haylett, testified in support of House Enrolled Act 1070, which is now a law restricting Indiana drivers from holding electronic devices while driving.
State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) co-authored the resolution that allowed the bridge to be renamed. She says renaming the bridge is symbolic, so Sarah will “never be forgotten for her service to her community and country.”