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Two Northview students die in separate accidents

Sunday, November 18, 2007

One Clay County teenager died, another was taken to an Indianapolis hospital and a third sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of County Road 950 North and Kennedy Crossing Road Friday.
Two Brazil teenagers lost their lives and three others were injured in separate accidents during the weekend.

Around 9:25 p.m. Friday, dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center were notified of a two-vehicle T-bone collision involving three juveniles near the intersection of County Road 950 North and Kennedy Crossing Road.

According to a press release by the Clay County Sheriff's Department Sunday evening, when officials arrived at the scene, Justin T. White, 16, was outside of his 1998 Ford F-150 pickup truck, but Justin W. Snow, 17, and Gerald "JJ" Bramer, 14, were still inside a 1988 Isuzu pickup truck. Both suffered extensive injuries and were trapped inside the vehicle. Snow was wearing a seatbelt, while Bramer was not.

Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen pronounced Snow dead at the scene.

Members of TransCare medically prepped Bramer at the scene before he was taken to Indianapolis Methodist Hospital by Lifeline air ambulance. As of press time, officials confirmed that Bramer is on a ventilator and listed in critical condition.

White was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by his parents who arrived at the scene.

Indiana State Police Trooper Jim Jackson was contacted to perform the accident reconstruction.

Although a complete report has not been filed at this time, Trooper Jackson's preliminary report to Clay County Deputy Brison Swearingen determined that Snow failed to yield the right-of-way to White while he was attempting to turn south from CR 950 N onto Kennedy Crossing Road.

Members of the Brazil City Police Department, Dick Johnson and Posey Volunteer Fire Departments, Clay County Search and Rescue and Trans-Care also assisted at the scene Friday evening.

A little more than 13 hours later, Brandee N. Siples, 17, Brazil, was killed in an accident at the Clay/Putnam County line.

Around 10:40 a.m., Saturday morning, Indiana State Police officials "clocked" Cody Wright, 18, driving a 1992 Chevrolet Camaro at 117 mph in a marked 45 mph speed zone near Putnamville on United States 40.

Officials do no know why Wright did not stop and continued accelerating to a speed of 129 mph as he approached the Clay/Putnam County line with law enforcement following in pursuit with their lights and sirens on.

Turning south on County Road 500 East (CR 900 West in Putnam County), Wright continued south at approximately 85-90 mph on the two-lane blacktop road, which has numerous rolling hills.

Approximately two miles south of US 40, Wright lost control as his vehicle when he topped a small hill and went off the east side of the road. The vehicle went up an embankment, became airborne for a distance of approximately 45 feet, striking several trees along the way and landing on its wheels in a 20-foot ravine.

Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionists located a tree, which had been struck by the airborne vehicle more than 20 feet above the top of the ravine, and a 17-inch circumference tree that was broken in half, 15 feet above the ravine.

Although both occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts, officials said due to the extreme speed and severity of the crash, the belts could not prevent Wright and passenger Siples from suffering blunt force injuries.

Wright, who suffered internal and head injuries, was transported to Indianapolis Wishard Hospital by air ambulance, but he was released Sunday.

Putnam County Coroner Thomas Miller pronounced Siples dead at the scene from injuries she sustained during the accident.

Both accidents remain under investigation and it is not known at this time if any criminal charges will be filed in either accident.

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Justin Snow was a wonderful boy with a very big heart. I am deeply saddened by his death and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all the other families that have been devastated by this tragedy. He was in my class for one year in elementary school and even though he is gone, he will always be with me as a bright light never to be forgotten.

-- Posted by 5longyears on Sun, Nov 18, 2007, at 8:32 PM

JJ Bramer is still being watched closely. If friends and family so desire, cards may be sent to the following:






-- Posted by britton on Sun, Nov 18, 2007, at 8:47 PM

It is a very sad time for everyone. My condolences to the families.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 6:55 AM

My heart goes out to the parents of both of these individuals. A parent should never outlive his or her child. This young man will have to live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life. I can only imagine how frightened she, Brandee, must have been. Although I feel for his parents, I believe he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law will allow. Failure to do so will only enable others to follow in his reckless, careless path without accountability. Young adults must be held accountable for their actions! This young man thought he could out run the police with total disregard for the precious life of the young lady with him. Living with his actions are not enough. Her family will never see her graduate from high school, something he was able to do, she will never marry, she will never have beautiful babies of her own, she will never grow old and share the stories of her youth with her children. He, on the other hand, will get to tell stories of how he liked to drive his camero fast, so fast it took the life of another human being. My heart goes out to your family Brandee, my God help them through this time and the years ahead. Cody, may God have mercy on your soul.

-- Posted by opinion on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 11:07 AM

My question would be:

Why was someone (the high speed chase guy) with 10 previous speeding tickets in less than two years of driving, a previous license suspension, and previous police chases STILL DRIVING A CAR?

Are our driver's license laws this poor?

If I had ever gotten even one speeding ticket, my parents would have taken away my license for months.

-- Posted by Bruther on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 3:01 PM

Let us not judge people, unless we want to look at ourselves first. I am sure that this child is more effected than anyone could know. It was his girlfriend. God says cast not a stone until ye take the plank from your own eye first. That means, don't go and place blame on someone because no one is without guilt and in God's eyes all sins are the same, yes ALL sins. I can not imagine how devestated her family and his are both. These are two people who were in love with each other. They are teenagers and bad decisions were made, but do not be hateful with words, it doesn't solve anything but try to stir up strife that her family does not need. I will pray for all of those involved for God's protection to be around you in this time.

-- Posted by onetwomany97 on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 4:03 PM

I'm not trying to be insensitive here. but this accident was totally preventable and this young man should have not been allowed to be driving. Period.

-- Posted by Bruther on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 3:44 PM

J.J Bramer is a good, strong kid and I know he will pull through. Northview, family, and friends are praying for him. Justin Snow is missed dearly and we are still in mourning. My sympathy goes out to all that knew the four students in the accidents. I would like to say thank you to all the counselors that spent their time and efforts to help students in need yesterday, it was a great help, and you all did a great job on handling the untimely situation. I would like to thank thebraziltimes for keeping me updated on the statuses. God bless you all and Happy Thanksgiving.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 7:06 PM

The instructions for leaving a comment on this board say this "Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic." ..


"BRUTHER" ... BE RESPECTFUL!! .. WOWW!! .. All of these kids are experiencing more than they ever even imagined they would !! Wright just lost his GIRLFRIEND ! It's not like he did this on purpose .. Nobody would! .. Yes, he should have been more careful , but now is not the time to be telling him this.

ALSO , rumor has it that he had diabetes and his blood sugar was more than triple what it was suppose to be ! This means that it could have been like he was on drugs or dillusional... Which may mean that some of the charges could be dropped and that all of this isn't completely his fault. =)

-- Posted by Shocked on Tue, Nov 27, 2007, at 11:03 PM

Or, he was fleeing the police as I heard from many students and is using the diabetic thing to get out of trouble. I have no idea which one it is, but with 10 tickets and past license suspension he had no business driving and this horrible tragedy would have never happened.

Many students at school have confirmed he was definitely trying to evade the police and knew exactly what he was doing.

-- Posted by Bruther on Wed, Nov 28, 2007, at 10:19 PM

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