(8-23-22) Ricardo Nava (43) of Portland died about 9:22 p.m. on Saturday as the result of a car accident on U.S. 27 north of Portland in Jay County. Nava was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from the driver’s side window of his vehicle. Nava’s vehicle ended up in a ditch after flipping multiple times with the car landing on top of him.

A witness, Rachal Hamilton of Portland, who was driving in front of Nava, informed officers that he was following too closely behind her vehicle. She would see Nava’s 2007 Buick Rendezvous begin to swerve several times and then flip at least three times and go into the ditch.

Results from an autopsy Monday are pending.


     Ricardo Nava, age 43, a resident of Portland, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022. 

     Ricardo was born on October 3, 1978, in Torreón, Mexico, the son of Mario Nava and Olga Carmona.  Ricardo was a veteran of the Mexican Army.  He was an avid golfer and a member of the Wabash Valley Golf Course.  Ricardo enjoyed making others laugh.  He loved his kids and family very much.  Ricardo worked at MSSL in Portland.  He married Brittany Denney on August 31, 2016. 

            Survivors include:

  • His wife: Brittany Nava – Portland, Indiana
  • His father:  Mario Nava – Torreón, Mexico
  • His children:  Natalie, Melissa, Ricardo and Adrian Nava all of Portland, Indiana
  • Step-son:  Koblyn Martinez – Portland, Indiana
  • Siblings:  Nery Nava, Mario Nava, Berenice Martinez and Sergio Woo
  • His dog:  Millie Nava

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland.  Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home with Father Logsdon officiating. 

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