Archive for August, 2011

30
Aug

Evansville Man Dies in Fall at Illinois Recreation Area

August 30, 2011

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

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

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

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 02, 2011

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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