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UPDATE: Accident still under investigation

Monday, December 22, 2008

An early Sunday morning single-vehicle accident led the death of a Terre Haute man.

According to Clay County Sheriff's Department Deputy/K-9 Handler Brison Swearingen, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Sunday, officials were dispatched to a rollover accident on County Road 800 North, just west of State Road 59.

Upon arrival, officials discovered a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo had left the south side of the road and rolled until it came to a stop in a nearby field.

According to a press release, alcohol and speed are suspected to be the cause of the accident, but it remains under investigation by the sheriff's department.

The driver of the vehicle, Michael Mornout, 29, Terre Haute, was ejected from the vehicle.

The passengers, Harry Stemm, 30, Brazil, and Brian Eder, 25, Carbon, were restrained in the vehicle.

TransCare transported all three victims to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

Both Stemm and Eder were treated for undisclosed injuries and later released.

Mornout was airlifted by LifeLine to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, where he was pronounced dead.

It is normal protocol for an autopsy to be performed on victims of fatal traffic accidents as a way to help officials determine the cause of death and whether a victim's health issues were a factor.

However, Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen told The Brazil Times his office would not be responsible for requesting the autopsy in this case since Mornout died in Marion County.

"The Clay County Sheriff's Department will have to request the results of that procedure, when it is completed, from the Marion County Coroner's Office," Swearingen said.

An office spokesperson for Marion County Coroner Dr. Kenneth Ackles Sr. confirmed an autopsy has been scheduled, but preliminary results would not be available until later this week.

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