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Slew of accidents fill weekend

Monday, October 23, 2006

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There were a number of accidents throughout this past weekend, including this single vehicle accident on U.S. 40 Sunday afternoon.




Saturday evening, three accidents in less than an hour turned into a test of emergency response personnel across Clay County.

"This has been one of the wildest nights I've seen since becoming a deputy," said Josh Clark, a Clay County Sheriff's Deputy who responded to two of the accidents within a few blocks of each other in Harmony. "We had emergency personnel all over the place working three accidents, all of which required air-lifting someone to an Indianapolis hospital."

- Around 6:30 p.m., Deputy Josh Clarke responded to a two vehicle accident near the intersection of U.S. 40 and N. C.R. 200 E in Harmony.

According to Deputy Clarke, Ciara Pair, 22, of Terre Haute, was waiting in her SUV in the eastbound passing lane of U.S. 40 to turn north onto N. C.R. 200 E when she was rear-ended by a car driven by Jaclyn Robertson, 22, of Brazil.

Pair and two passengers in her vehicle were taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital as a precautionary measure for the minor injuries they sustained during the accident.

Robertson's 2-year old daughter sustained unknown injuries and was air-lifted to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment. Robertson was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for minor injuries.

Further details are unavailable due to the ongoing investigation.

-Shortly after 7:40 p.m., Deputy Jason Frazier was dispatched to the scene of a head-on collision just south of the Ashboro Rd. area of S.R. 59.

According to the accident report, Carl H. Franzen II told Deputy Frazier that he must have fallen asleep at the wheel and went off the road. When he came to, Franzen said he over-corrected and drove head-on into Etta M. Purtell's vehicle.

Trapped inside the vehicle, Purtell, 51, of Brazil, suffered massive injuries to her entire body and was air-lifted to an Indianapolis hospital.

Deputy Frazier smelled alcohol on Franzen. He said he had drank three beers while on the way home when asked by the officer. Failing two out of three field sobriety tests, Franzen also failed breath and drug tests.

Franzen, 50, of Lewis, was arrested for the preliminary charge of operating while intoxicated. He was booked into the Clay County Justice Center with a 10 percent, $7,000 cash bond.

Due to Purtell's injuries and the ongoing investigation, no further details are available.

- At 7:12 p.m., Deputy Josh Clarke was dispatched to a scooter accident in the area of 1750 Jackson St. in Harmony.

John R. Bemis, 43, of Harmony, was driving his 1984 Honda scooter westbound on Jackson St. when he drove left of center and went off the road into soft ground.

Attempting to return the scooter to the roadway, Bemis over-corrected and crashed.

Bemis slid 50 feet along the road with the scooter on top of his body, suffering massive head trauma.

Bemis was air-lifted to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was later pronounced dead on arrival by the Marion County Coroner's Office.

Further details are unavailable due to the ongoing investigation.


-Around 2:18 p.m. Sunday, Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Frazier responded to a single vehicle accident just east of Happy Holler Road on U.S. 40.

According to the accident report, Dana D. Thome, 50, of Indianapolis, said she was traveling east of U.S. 40 when a fast-moving truck came up from behind very quickly.

Moving out of the way, Thome said the driver's side tires slipped off the north side of the roadway. She over-corrected to get back on the road and went back across both lanes of traffic, off the road, down a small embankment and into a tree on the south side of the road.

Thome had minor injuries to her right hand at the scene, but refused treatment by Trans-Care ambulance personnel at the scene.

Further details are not available due to the ongoing investigation into the accident.

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