26
Sep

Motorcyclist Dies in Indianapolis Hit-and-Run

September 26, 2011

A 39-year-old woman from Whiteland, Indiana, is dead after a motorist hit her motorcycle last Saturday morning in Indianapolis and then fled the scene.

TheIndyChannel.com reports that the crash occurred just before 1 a.m. in the 400 block of North Lynhurst Drive, where Lynhurst intersects with Ida Street. There a northbound Jeep Cherokee rear-ended a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, causing its driver to lose control and fall off her motorcycle.

“The Jeep continued northbound for a few blocks, then stopped, and a male subject fled from the vehicle,” said Anthony Schneider, Indianapolis police public information officer. “The female driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Witnesses say the motorcyclist had been traveling at a high rate of speed and was being pursued by the Jeep. Shots were also reportedly fired.

In fact, The Daily Journal reports that police now think the hit-and-run may be connected to a shots fired call they received around the same time. Police were told that shots rang out and the motorcyclist was seen leaving a home on the 700 block of Norfolk Street, which is about a mile and a half from where she died.

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20
Sep

4-Year-Old Indiana Boy Killed in Crash with Police Cruiser

September 20, 2011

A four-year-old Bicknell boy died and another man was seriously injured in southwestern Indiana on the night of Saturday, September 17, when a sheriff’s deputy collided with a van.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the crash occurred in Vincennes, Indiana, when the Knox County deputy, who had his sirens and emergency lights activated, was pursuing a fleeing vehicle. The officer drove into an intersection without stopping at a stop sign and struck the left backside of the van.

The boy was not restrained in the rear of the van, and he died of head injuries incurred in the crash. A 34-year-old man in the back of the van was also seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Evansville.

The van’s driver, another child, and the deputy were each transported to a hospital in Vincennes for treatment.

The driver of the car that ran from police Saturday night was arrested on Monday for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle. The 35-year-old male is being held at the Knox County Jail.

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14
Sep

Juror Miscalculation Costs Indianapolis Auto Accident Victim $128K

September 13, 2011

The Indiana Court of Appeals says it will not adjust the amount awarded to an Indianapolis, Indiana, car accident victim after an anonymous juror filed an affidavit saying that the jury made a huge miscalculation.

The appeals court ruled 3-0 in this LaPorte County case that the woman is only entitled to the $128,712 that was announced in court, as it was the figure on the jury’s verdict form and because no one objected when it was read aloud.

The Times reports that the jury had intended to award the victim $336,300 but instead gave only $207,600—a figure that was reduced to $128,712 because the jury determined that the victim was 38 percent at fault.

The juror, who believed that the reduced amount would be added to the $336K figure, said that the jury “had trouble trying to figure out the verdict form” and “completed it as best as we could.”

Judge Kathleen Lang reportedy stepped in in open court to help the jury figure the final total.

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5
Sep

6 Steps to Follow After an Indiana Auto Accident

September 5, 2011

If you’ve been in an Indiana auto accident—and statistically one out of eight Indiana drivers will be this year–follow these steps to protect your rights to compensation:

Stay calm.
Stay in control and pull over to the side of the road as soon as possible without causing more accidents. Be sure to never leave the scene of an Indiana auto accident if your vehicle was involved in the collision in any way.

Call the authorities.
Check to see if anyone has been injured in the Indiana auto accident. If medical attention is needed, contact 911. Also, all Indiana auto accidents should be reported to the police. Making a police report of the car accident can be beneficial for determining fault and negligence for an injury accident.

Gather information.
Talk with any people who witnessed the accident. Take down names, contact information, and any other pertinent details they can provide.

Visit your doctor.
It is also best to visit a doctor immediately following an auto accident, whether you think you have been injured or not. While the doctor is examining you, be sure to mention specific details about how your accident occurred and any injury or pain you suffered as a result.

Inform your insurance company.
Call your insurance company immediately to report the accident. Failing to report the accident immediately could in some instances result in the insurance company not covering you for the accident. However, if dealing with an insurance adjustor, whether at the scene of the auto accident or after, don’t sign anything or give any statements.

Get a lawyer. Get Stewart.
Before signing any statements, consult an Indiana auto accident lawyer who specializes in helping those who have been injured in auto accidents as a result of another’s negligence. At Stewart & Stewart, we have helped thousands of clients get the compensation they deserve for injuries suffered in an Indiana auto accident.

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30
Aug

Evansville Man Dies in Fall at Illinois Recreation Area

August 30, 2011

An Evansville, Indiana, man lost his life in a fatal fall at Illinois’s scenic Garden of the Gods recreational area in the Shawnee National Forest on Sunday, August 28.

The Daily Register reports that the victim is 44-year-old Darrell Brackett, who fell from a rock formation on which he was climbing. The accident happened shortly before 12:40 p.m., which is when Saline County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call about the fall.

The man had apparently fallen while climbing near Garden of the Gods’s Chimney Rock. A Saline County Sheriff’s Department news release indicates that the victim fell 75 to 100 feet to his death.

The Gallatin County Emergency Medical Service, Equality Fire Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Department, Air Evac, and the Department of Conservation all sent emergency responders to the scene to help with the rescue.

The man, however, was pronounced dead at the accident site by a Saline County Coroner at 2 p.m.

Garden of the Gods is located about 15 miles southeast of Harrisburg, Illinois.

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24
Aug

Lawsuits Pile Up After Indianapolis State Fair Stage Collapse

August 24, 2011

In the wake of the August 13 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair that killed seven people and injured dozens more, lawsuits are pouring in—from family members of those killed or hurt but also from some uninjured people who claim emotional distress.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the Indiana attorney general’s office is aware of at least three potential lawsuits against the state. One of these was filed by a man who worked security at the event, which was to be a concert by country duo Sugarland.

In addition, a class-action lawsuit is pending against the state, the Indiana State Fair Commission, and the companies that made and installed the stage rigging. This suit has been filed by a woman who was not injured but says that she suffered “severe emotional trauma” from the incident.

However, some legal experts say they have serious doubts about the class-action suit sticking. “As it currently stands, I would say it has zero chance,” said Jeff Cooper, associate professor at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis to The Indianapolis Star.  “I suspect the desire for publicity plays a role in the filing of this lawsuit.”

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16
Aug

3-Semi Crash in Lebanon, IN, Kills Chicago Man

August 16, 2011

A 23-year-old man from Chicago, Illinois, died early Thursday, August 11, in a fiery three-vehicle accident near Lebanon, Indiana.

The Indiana State Police reports that the accident occurred at 3:45 a.m. when one semi-truck plowed into two other semi-trucks on I-65 SB at the 141 mile marker.

Two of the vehicles — a 2000 Volvo semi-tractor trailer and a 1999 International semi-tractor trailer, both towing box trailers — were stopped in traffic caused by construction. These two vehicles were operated by a 42-year-old Chicago Ridge, Illinois, man and a 41-year-old Wilmington, Ohio, man, respectively.

When the 23-year-old Chicago man approached the stationary traffic in his 2007 Freightliner, he failed to negotiate the stopped traffic and rear-ended the International semi-truck and trailer, which was loaded with petroleum products and paint. Both of the box trailers attached to the International truck caught fire, as did the Freightliner.

Both the driver of the International and the driver of the Volvo were able to escape without injury, but the Freightliner driver couldn’t escape the fire and was pronounced dead at the crash site.

That section of I-65 was closed for several hours after the collision.

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10
Aug

Connersville Man Arrested for Beating 4-Year-Old Who Peed Pants

August 10, 2011

A 22-year-old Connersville, Indiana, man was arrested on Sunday, August 7, for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s four-year-old boy because the boy peed in his pants.

The man is now being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on suspicion of battery on a child resulting in serious bodily injury and possession of marijuana, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. He was arrested at his apartment on 22nd Street in Lafayette on Sunday.

The accused told police he had taken the boy to a park that day and became angry when the boy urinated in his pants despite being asked multiple times if he needed to use the bathroom.

According to an affidavit, the man got into a fight with the boy’s grandfather over the grandfather’s allegations that the accused had hit the boy on the buttocks with a belt, bruising him. The boy’s mother then called the police.

A marijuana pipe was discovered in the man’s apartment, hence the possession charge.

The investigation is ongoing.

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2
Aug

Indianapolis Teen Charged with DWI in Crash that Injured Man

August 2, 2011

A collision with a pedestrian on the North-eastside of Indianapolis, Indiana, early Tuesday morning left a 20-year-old man hospitalized, and now there are questions about the sobriety of the 18-year-old woman who hit him with her 2004 Honda Civic.

The accident occurred around 2:45 a.m. in the 6300 block of Welham Road. The Indianapolis Star reports that the man may have been run over and then dragged by the woman’s car. When police arrived the driver was backing up her Honda to reveal the victim beneath the car, bleeding from his head.

The driver told police that the victim “jumped in front of my car.”

She also told police she’d had three drinks and an officer smelled alcohol on her breath. She’s been preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing bodily harm, a felony, and is being held on $2,500 bond at the Marion County Adult Processing Center.

The victim was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital with a possible head injury, broken bones, and road rash.

Immediately after the crash, the driver knocked on the door of a nearby house asking for help.

The victim reportedly lives one block from where the accident happened.

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26
Jul

Extreme Heat Causes Death of On-Duty Columbus Foundry Worker

July 26, 2011

A Bartholomew County coroner has determined that the Columbus, Indiana, man who died on Thursday, July 21, at his workplace died of a heart attack complicated by extreme heat.

The 50-year-old man from North Vernon, Indiana, collapsed at his workstation at CE Systems Inc., which makes iron castings for heavy equipment manufacturers. He had reportedly retreated to the a cool room earlier in the day to take a break from the heat, which reached the mid-90s that day.

The Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office found that the man was taking medication for hypertension and high cholesterol.

The Indiana Department of Labor is investigating the man’s death, which was not reported until Monday despite a requirement that all workplace deaths be reported within eight hours.

“We’ll take a look at everything from the workplace itself, where the employee was doing the work, what type of work the employee was doing,” said Department of Labor spokesperson Stephanie McFarland.

The man’s family told TheIndyChannel.com that they believe the death could have been prevented.

“They could have given him breaks,” said the man’s son. “They could have asked him to go home because of the heat. It gets about 180 degrees in there.”

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