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Update: One killed following accident

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A resident of Terre Haute died in a vehicle accident Monday evening in Clay County.

Roscoe C. Petty, 23, Terre Haute, died as a result of a single vehicle accident on State Road 59, approximately a mile and a half north of Interstate-70 near County Road 500 North.

According to reports, officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident at approximately 9:30 p.m., Monday.

The report stated the vehicle, a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, had been traveling southbound on SR 59 when the driver lost control and went off the roadway.

The vehicle traveled across the northbound lane, continuing off the roadway before hitting a utility pole.

According to CCSD officials, the vehicle then flipped end over end, ejecting all three occupants. The driver and the two other passengers were not wearing seatbelts, according to reports.

The three were transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle, Joseph Green, 25, Brazil, and the remaining passenger, Ralph Rogers, 24, also of Brazil, were treated and released.

Officials stated there was an open container of an alcoholic beverage in the vehicle.

According to officials, the accident is still under investigation to determine if drugs or alcohol played a factor.

The accident, however, caused minor traffic delays on SR 59.

Following the accident, traffic was diverted around the wreck using roads CR 500 N and CR 600 N as debris was cleared away from the scene.

According to CCSC Sheriff Mike Heaton, traffic flow on SR 59 was back to normal shortly after 2 a.m., Tuesday, as Duke Energy had to replace the utility pole and debris was cleared.

Other agencies responding to the scene included Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue, TransCare, AirEvac and Lifeline air ambulances.

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I wonder if the driver with the open container learned a lesson?

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 10:21 AM

It didnt say it was the drivers open bottle

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 10:40 AM

when are the state police going to tickit high speed drivers on 59 and 40 it is becoming a joke on these roads

-- Posted by 2dogbob on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 12:53 PM

when are the state police going to tickit high speed drivers on 59 and 40 it is becoming a joke on these roads

-- Posted by 2dogbob on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 12:55 PM

Hey the driver JOE GREEN is on the CRIME STOPPERS MOST WANTED lisT! Has a C felony warrant! NO BOND. Maybe now after killing the passenger Mr. Green will sit in JAIL! Before anybody else posts anything about open bottle(drivers or not the drivers) lets wait and see the drug screen and alcohol test before we jump to conclusions.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 12:57 PM

alot of people should be sittin in jail but they arent... i believe if you are neglectful behind the wheel regardless if you are on drugs or drinkin.. you should get in trouble. these roads are just to bad for all this and they are claiming the lives of so many people.. its time for a change! get strict on the law and the bs will stop and the community will not be losing percious loved ones!

-- Posted by hey its me on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 5:10 AM

If u guys dont know them thin just drop it. stuff happends but the open bottle who cares who had it they all made the mistake so just leave it at that. A good friend 2 meany died and we all need 2 stop and think. Life can be shorter thin u think

-- Posted by Kt152hot4u on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 11:00 AM

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