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Two injured following accident

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Two Northview students were taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital Thursday morning after sustaining injuries following an accident on County Road 950 North between CR?200 West and Kennedy Crossing Road.
Two Northview High School students were injured in a Thursday morning single vehicle accident.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Dick Johnson Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare were dispatched to an area on County Road 950 North between CR 200 West and Kennedy Crossing Road.

According to Deputy Jonathan Chadd, Zachary D. Goodman, 17, and passenger Tommy J. Anderson II, 17, admitted to being in a hurry.

"They said they didn't want to be late for school," Chadd said.

Goodman told officials he swerved to avoid a pothole, overcorrected and then lost control of his vehicle, which left the road, traveling approximately 70 feet before striking a tree head on.

Goodman was wearing a seatbelt, but Anderson apparently wasn't because he was ejected through the windshield. Both were transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for undisclosed injuries.

During the accident investigation officials determined that road conditions and speed were potential factors in the accident. Officials confirmed they measured more than 140-feet of skid marks on the roadway.

"Teenagers just don't think anything bad will happen to them," Chadd said, adding that teen drivers need to be aware of driving safety. "Parents should talk to their teens about driving habits. It's better to arrive alive and a little late then the possible alternative."

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I partially blame the pot hole and school corporation for this. There are so many pot holes in this town and the city just uses up the tax payers money for stupid stuff like making local business take down unharmful signs. The schools wont write you a pass to class anymore when your late, you just go check in and they write it down as you being absent a full period. Its stupid I think, students being stressed out left and right. It was still a mistake to try and swerve especially while speeding, but its still not all of their fault.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Sun, Apr 13, 2008, at 10:06 PM

Oh Honey

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 10:36 AM

I agree with NorthviewGirl about the Potholes. Especially on this road but he should not have been going that fast. There is no reason he should have been speeding, if your late your late. You should leave earlier if you cant get to school without speeding. I wont lie, i speed all the time but not on that road, the potholes could swallow a car so you shouldnt speed on it and he should have known that. I think the city should keep up on the roads and keep them in a safe condition but students shouldnt be speeding down roads in this condition.

-- Posted by Britt2008 on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 9:28 AM

I wasnt speeding.

I sped up when i hit the pot hole, because i tried to correct it.

But by that time it was too late.

I swerved tried to correct it, then i hit the tree.

I cant walk for 6 weeks because of that accident.

The Dr. said he doesnt know how me and Tommy survived it.

I also got 8 screws, 3 rods, and 2 plates in my foot now.

So please dont comment on this story because you obviously dont know what your talking about.

So please save your time and typing abilities.

Thank You,

Zach Goodman

AKA: Driver

-- Posted by Goodman23 on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 9:21 PM

I'm not sure what your idea of speeding is, but I think you need to go back out to the area where this crash took place and look at the evidence. I believe there was something like 130' of skid marks left from the car. Also, look at the photo of the car, it is obvious you were going too fast.

-- Posted by sceptic on Fri, Apr 18, 2008, at 9:54 PM

Judging from the photo It's a good thing noone was killed. That's at least one good thing you can take form the story.

Zach: The story says you crashed 70' after teh pothole yet were already skidding 70' before the pothole (70+70 and all that) How were you speeding up after the pothole if you were braking the whole time? I've had my own problems while speeding as a teenager. I know how at first your thinking on it like it wasnt your fault. If you are honest with yourself I think you will realise you were.

Northviewgirl: I've noticed alot fo potholes around lately. They seem to be worse this year than any other so I can see where that can be a contributing factor. Heck There is a Huge one on I-70 heading towards Indy.

As for being late. Our school system does a por job of prepareing you for what it is like in the real world. Marking you absent for a period is letting you off easy. There are some jobs out there that will simply fire you for having as few as 2 tardies within a certain time frame. High School seems like a big deal when your in it but when you get out of high school you tend to see things alot different.

That being said. High School students tend to look at things differently and put value to things that seem odd to an Adult. So maybe it was a contributing factor. Speeding at any time is not ok though. Of course. I think I'm the only person in this state that actually obeys the speed laws so maybe I'm biased.

-- Posted by Inquizitor on Sat, Apr 19, 2008, at 7:48 PM

Too bad there are not even close to 140 ft. of skid marks. But nice try though. We went out to the scene yesterday day and there are maybe 40 ft. if even that. And I love how people just assume they know what they are talking about, while in retrospect they dont have a clue. They just strive on other peoples problems. But hey thats what you get when you live in a small, yet classy town, such as Brazil.

-- Posted by Goodman23 on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 9:54 AM

Goodman- so the police officer who has probably never met you decided to lie in his report and say that there were 140' of skid marks. Shame on him.

-- Posted by sceptic on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 8:47 PM

There are cleary not 140' of skid marks. sp the the police report was obviously a misunderstanding. there are maybe 40 to 50' of skid marks if that. or an exageration. i was the driver im pretty sure i would know what happened if anyone would. but you guys are allowed to believe what you want. so have at it.

-- Posted by Goodman23 on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 9:13 PM

I think the whole problem is that others want you to take responsibility for your actions and understand that it could have been much worse. Please don't blame potholes or being late. The main factor was you. You were, as you have stated here, the driver. I am glad you are safe!!

-- Posted by RickS on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 9:43 PM

What im trying to get across is that I was charged with speeding. It was an accident. Im the one who talked to the officer. I do take responsibility for the wreck im not saying that I dont. I tried to overcorrect hitting a pothole. It is my fault. Im not saying its not. But I was not charged with speeding like all these people seem to think. Thanks for being glad im okay, unless that was your idea of sarcasm.

-- Posted by Goodman23 on Mon, Apr 21, 2008, at 1:00 PM

I meant to say i wasnt charged with speeding in that last comment. Sorry for that typo.

-- Posted by Goodman23 on Mon, Apr 21, 2008, at 1:00 PM

I have spent a good portion of my life trying to make sure the youth of this community were safe..it was not sarcasm...which is another problem that arises.

-- Posted by RickS on Mon, Apr 21, 2008, at 2:54 PM

Thanks basketball5. Its nice to know that the entire town isnt trying to bring me down for this accident.

-- Posted by Goodman23 on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 12:05 AM

Good attitude basketball5...you'll go far with that!

-- Posted by RickS on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 5:52 AM

Well in light of all of the comments made so far, at least no one died and he admitted it was his fault and takes responsablity for it. You shouldnt be so quick to judge others. We all have made poor judgements in our life, no one is perfect and we all make poor decisions at one point in our own lives. If you can say that you have never made a poor decision then you must be a saint. Things happen and all we can do is learn from our mistakes, especially as a young adult, you can grow and make better decisions from the mistakes you have made. Im sure this young man has learned something from this whole experience so dont judge it could be you that makes a similar mistake in a split second!

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Wed, Apr 23, 2008, at 11:16 PM

well in light of all that happened about a year ago now, i appreciate everyone who that was there for me and tommy through our time of need. thanks to my friends, my family, my girlfriend, everyone. im back to walking normal now and tommy is okay too, we were very lucky to walk away from that accident. i really do appreciate the support. thanks.

-- Posted by Goodman23 on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 11:31 AM

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