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Deputy recovering following accident

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A deputy injured in a traffic accident during the treacherous driving conditions Tuesday evening is currently hospitalized at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

Although details are limited due to the Indiana State Police ongoing accident investigation, the Clay County Sheriff's Department confirmed to The Brazil Times that Det. Jeff Maynard was the injured officer.

On the way to participate in the annual Shop-With-A Cop program, Maynard was driving northbound on State Road 59 in an area near the entrance of Lake Shore Estates (just south of County Road 600 North) when an unidentified motorist struck his police cruiser from behind.

Although Indiana State Police officials have yet to release the preliminary report, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the driver of a pick-up truck was cited for driving at an accelerated rate of speed in bad weather conditions at the time of the accident.

The driver's truck windshield, also according to Heaton, was apparently iced over, making it difficult for the driver to see while driving.

Initially transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Maynard was later taken to Union Hospital, Terre Haute, and then airlifted to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, for neck and back injuries.

As of Wednesday evening, Heaton said doctors were still evaluating Maynard's condition to determine the best treatment for his injuries.

"Doctors are performing CAT scans, x-rays and various other tests," Heaton told The Brazil Times. "(Maynard's) in stable condition right now. We're hoping to hear more from the doctors as soon as test results come back."

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What a way to spend the Christmas holidays. Get well soon!!

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Dec 17, 2008, at 9:43 PM

I hope that you feel better soon!!!

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, Dec 17, 2008, at 9:51 PM

What is up with the selective journalism? We don't know who rear ended Pat Knierim and killed him last summer on his motorcycle, and now we don't know who the "unidentified" driver who hit Jeff. When there is a drug raid, you don't have any problem publishing all the names of the ones who are arrestd, even though you never publish when they are exhonerated. Come on, how about some consistency. I once heard an employee from the Brazil Times say, "the public has the right to know". I guess only when the Brazil Times wants us to know.

I hope Jeff will recover rapidly.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 6:55 AM

To Conservative Dad........Does it really matter if they do or do not publish names? Do you really think either driver of those accidents intended to hurt anyone?? Unfortunately accidents happen. The driver of the vehicle that hit Officer Maynard was cited for driving too fast and obviously people need to use more caution when they are driving. No one would argue that. But to compare releasing the names of the people involved in these ACCIDENTS to publishing the names of people arrested in a drug raid is completely ridiculous! I wish Officer Maynard a speedy recovery!

-- Posted by just thinking on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 7:43 AM

I wish Jeff a speedy recovery also, but I hate to admit that I kind of agree with Conservative Dad. If this had been a fender bender the names would be published. It this was just a speeding driver the name would be published. Wonder what all the hush hush is about.

God Speed Jeff

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 8:11 AM

I hope Jeff will make a full recovery. And I agree the names do not matter at this point. what matters is that this man is injured and was doing so on his way to be a good Santa!

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 8:26 AM

I hope Det. Manyard recovers okay, maybe that individual who hit him will learn to slow down, and take an extra ten minutes next time to let the defrost and an ice scraper clear his windshield before he/she gets in a big hurry to get somewhere.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 9:04 AM

Just Thinking: Of course you are right, but you miss the point. The Brazil Times feeds us the names as they choose. Either publish them all, or don't publish any. It is not the duty of the media to SELECTIVELY publish names on one occasion, and not on another. It would be like when there is a drug raid, and they publish 25 of the 30, and allow the other 5 to remain annoymous. It has nothing to do with this specific incident, but to the consistency in informing the public. "The public has the right to know".

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 9:20 AM

Get well soon, Jeff, and I hope this does not effect your Christmas.

-- Posted by Delta1916 on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 10:34 AM

God forbid you or your child have an accident, would you like to be judged by the whole town?

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 11:58 AM

Conservative Dad...

Why do you not read and understand the story before you post?

If the ISP hasn't released the names, neither the sheriff's department or the paper can release the names!

That's just how the system works!

ALSO, if the accident is still under investigation, the person that hit the deputy still faces potential charges.

How often do we see people who get traffic tickets names in the paper? Geesh if they did that, I would have been in the paper a couple of weeks ago myself.

Get well soon Det. Maynard and I also pray for the person who caused the accident.

-- Posted by Cy on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 2:21 PM

Get well soon Jeff Maynard and I hope you have a speedy recovery and get to be home.

-- Posted by AmayaTsuki on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 3:47 PM

Cy: Ever heard of FOIA? The information maybe held now while the investigation is on going. But we still haven't read who hit Pat Knierim from behind and killed him. Why not? "The public has the right to know". -Brazil Times employee

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 4:52 PM

Conservative Dad,

There are statues even with the FOIA, application and waiting times for the information when requested.

Anyway, if you know someone who works at the paper, why not just ask them? (With your hints and innuendo, you seem to know much more than the rest of us readers.)

Better yet: The paper only has a couple of reporters down there to cover an entire county, and I'm sure they can't be everywhere you want them to be, so why don't you apply for a job.

That way you can find out what you want to know and you can tell the rest of us.

But, if you're not willing to go the extra mile, then stop complaining, read along and wait for the information with the rest of us.

-- Posted by Cy on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 5:21 PM

Praying Det. Maynard has a speedy recovery!

-- Posted by dmh15 on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 6:05 PM

Get well soon Maynard, and I am praying for a speedy recovery!

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 12:06 AM

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 7:51 AM

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