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Man taken to hospital after being hit by vehicle

Monday, November 24, 2008

Emergency response personnel tend to a Brazil man's injuries after he was struck crossing the road at the intersection of State Road 59 and United States 40 Monday evening. [Order this photo]
A Brazil man was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital after being hit by a car while trying to cross the intersection of State Road 59 and United States 40 Monday evening.

Shortly before 4 p.m., members of the Brazil City Police Department, Brazil City Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare worked the accident scene.

According to information provided to The Brazil Times by Captain Terry Harrison, John Allen, 36, Brazil, was crossing the south side of US 40 when an unidentified 16-year-old female driver hit him.

The driver told officers she did not see Allen while attempting to turn south on SR 59.

The impact threw Allen into the air, causing cuts, abrasions and possible injuries to his hip and legs.

Allen was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for treatment, but further information was not available at press time.

Further details are unavailable due to the ongoing investigation, but Harrison was able to confirm no citations had been issued at this time in the matter.

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Hopefully Mr. Allen will make a quick and complete recovery. Don't know him but I feel his pain.

I hope that kid wasn't using the phone while driving, I was recently hit by a teenager trying to text and drive. The use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle is becoming more common and is growing rapidly as the cause of accidents. Perhaps Indiana should consider adopting a law similar to other states that would require drivers who want to use their cell phones to have a hands-free device or pull over to take the call. Texting while driving should be illegal.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 7:04 AM

I would like to know where the paper got their information that they printed in the paper. He did not fly through the air nor did he have all of the cuts and abrasions that they are stating in the paper. Talk to some eyewitnesses before you print such a harsh article. If this was all of the information that was available at press time DON'T PRINT IT UNTIL YOU GET ALL OF THE FACTS.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 10:07 AM

I am the mother of the driver that hit this gentleman. I definately feel for him but would like to point out that my daughter was NOT using her cell phone and is a very cautious driver. She's what I would call a paranoid driver. In the police report it clearly states that she was not a fault. And I would also like to point out that although I feel for the gentleman that was horribly involved in this incident, she was not traveling at a great speed and he did not , as you put it "fly through the air". Going less than 15 mph, it is not a great risk that you would fly through the air after running in to the side of a vehicle. If you will read the report it states that "he hit" , "just before her drivers side mirror". I am NOT angry, just want my daughter's mind cleared. She has been up all night having nightmares and is having a very hard time having been involved in something like this at such a young age. I will most definately agree that cell phones should not be used while driving. But, in this incident, it was not being used.

-- Posted by enders4 on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 10:22 AM

The story clearly states this was an accident because it reports the "UNIDENTIFIED" driver didn't see this man, that's an accident.

The article never mentions a cellphone being the cause, so it wasn't. Although I agree drivers of any age or experience level shouldn't use them while driving.

As for flying through the air (sorry to the mother of the driver) but I had a friend hit by a car several years ago, in the same area of the vehicle near the mirror. She was standing next to a corner and stepped off with the light and a car that was doing about 10-15 mph hit and threw her several feet from the car. It was also and accident. Weird thing was the mirror banged her up worse than the accident did.

Some people who leave comments on this website like to run people down instead of actually reading and understanding the material printed.

As for DON'T PRINT IT UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL THE FACTS: If the staff of the newspaper didn't try to get stories when they happen (which can lead to a human error here or there because of the investigation-which is written in this story!!) most people complain on here about how they aren't doing their jobs.

My prayers go out to BOTH the young lady, the man and the families involved. I pray all of you heal from this frightening experience.

-- Posted by Cy on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 10:47 AM

Ahh "Brazilbillie" .. the name speaks with such volume that a response to your comment isn't necessary. I would like to remind everyone who reads your comment to also remember that OPINIONS are like .. well .. Brazilbillie's. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 12:39 PM

Cudos to you Emmes! I was thinking that exact same thing.

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 12:56 PM

I would like to add that this is a horrible accident that niether chose to be in. Lets please keep it at that. Good health to both. and trust me... meth was and has never been a factor with the driver. Although I can see y some ppl would think that way with how brazil is.

-- Posted by enders4 on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 1:16 PM

Geez BrazilBillie... a bit harsh wouldnt you say??

Drugs, cell phones, and the like were never mentioned. Have some pity

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 1:31 PM

Geez BrazilBillie or should I say HillBilly, you are a little harsh don't you think? Accidents happen when they are least expected that is why they are called accidents! I am sure that poor 16 year old was shaken up just as the pedestrian was. I wonder where you received your facts since none of what you mentioned was even in the article! Are you speaking from personal experience????? Hmmm....maybe the man who was hit didn't look both ways before he crossed the street!! Did you ever think of that???? NO, you are to quick to judge! Shame on you!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 2:28 PM

I'm sorry for both parties involved. It was an accident.

I've seen some people, old & young, drive through our town like they "own the roads" & everyone else who happens to be out is an inconvenience for them. I've also seen some pedestrians who walk around not paying a bit of attention to their surroundings.

I'm just glad that the accident wasn't any worse.

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 2:43 PM


So do you think we might have a jay-walker on our hands here? Well, then I don't blame her for tryin' to run him down. Kudos. Heck, I try to do the same thing to law-breakers like that.

-- Posted by BrazilBillie on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 3:58 PM

not trying to use the papers webpage as a means of being argumentative... but i think "brazilbilly" needs to grow up and get a life. Both parties I am very sure are quite shaken and do not need this type of recognition. My heart goes to both and all involved in the ACCIDENT

-- Posted by enders4 on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 4:35 PM

Enders4 ~

Best Wishes to your daughter ~ teen drivers do have accidents ~ as the mother of five I know ~ and this does sound like an accident ~ I am sorry that you have to defend your daughter to the accusations on this comment section ~ & I agree brazilbillie needs to grow up ~

Best Wishes also to the fellow hurt in this accident ~

Happy Thanksgiving to All ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 8:13 AM

First, my sympathies to both parties. People make mistakes and it sometimes ends up bad, fault sometimes just doesn't matter.

Now my rant: Oh, here we go down the "control the citizenry" path. It should be perfectly legal to text or talk, heck, surf the web for all I care. But, it can NEVER be used as a defense. Regardless of what happens, if you run a light, hit someone or cause an accident, does it really matter if you were yapping on the phone or texting someone? No, it doesn't. You are liable for your actions regardless of where your attention is. Stop this behavior control mantra that so many seem to spew. We don't need more laws: We need more personal responsibility. Besides, no mention of cell phones or texting was even in this article, why was it even mentioned?

-- Posted by TheRider on Thu, Nov 27, 2008, at 8:27 AM

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Dec 1, 2008, at 6:42 AM

i know that teen drivers do have wrecks i am a teen driver my self but i have never had a wreck and most likely she was on her cell phones and they should band that in indian

-- Posted by savanna01 on Mon, Dec 1, 2008, at 2:46 PM

"BrazilBillie" .. what a pathetic, self-serving, egotistical (look them up dear, they're in the dictionary) comment from an equally unimpressive post.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 12:54 PM

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