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Officials release names from Wednesday accident

Thursday, May 21, 2009

On Thursday, officials released names of the two victims involved in a head-on collision Wednesday morning.

A press release prepared by Deputy Brad Hardey of the Clay County Sheriff's Department stated Jason A. Milner, 34, Poland, was driving a pick-up truck southbound on State Road 59 when his vehicle was hit head on by a northbound passenger car driven by Whitney N. Vanatti, 21, Brazil, in an area just south of Christ Community Church around 10:30 a.m.

Officials report Vanatti's vehicle crossed the centerline for undisclosed reasons during the accident.

Milner was initially transported to Terre Haute Union Hospital, and later taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where officials reported Thursday he is listed in stable condition.

Vanatti was taken directly from the scene to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, where officials reported Thursday she is listed in critical condition.

While both lanes of the highway were temporarily closed while accident debris was removed, the highway was reopened around 12:30 p.m.

Further information is not available pending the investigation.

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"Officials report Vanatti's vehicle crossed the centerline for undisclosed reasons during the accident." Why weren't they disclosed, is it a secret? Or could you have meant "unknown"?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, May 22, 2009, at 8:50 AM

Do we really need to criticize on wording??? A very serious accident happened and people were hurt one of which is relation to my husband. And you want to criticize wording of an article, come on now. I myself am praying for a speedy recovery for both parties involved and appreciate everyone that was involved in responding to the accident. Thank you!!!

-- Posted by mrandmrstraver on Fri, May 22, 2009, at 1:31 PM

"undisclosed" is pretty vague. But, then, if you don't use vague language, Lee, you have to be accurate and possibly "thorough". But, we get your point. Ignore your detractors. Sheeple only care about grass and wolves.

mrandmrstraver: Did Lee say he wasn't praying for a speedy recovery? So, if you critisize an article its like berating the people the article is about? I would like to know why the "undisclosed" wording. "Wouldn't Say" or "Confidential" or "Under Investigation" or "Asked By The Victims To Not Be Revealed" would be more appropriate.

Its probably more like "didn't ask why". The "undisclosed" just sounds like someone is hiding something.

-- Posted by TheRider on Fri, May 22, 2009, at 2:22 PM

the rider: I'm just saying that if we as a whole would start being more optimistic and caring and maybe help out a little more than just cutting people down to size and critcizing, then maybe our city, state, or country wouldn't be in such of an economic state as which we are. Yet people can stand by and complain but do nothing to help.

-- Posted by mrandmrstraver on Fri, May 22, 2009, at 2:56 PM

There are people on this website who do nothing more than look for things to complain about.

DICTIONARY: undisclosed: not made known

The word, which can be covert in its use, only sounds bad if you're a conspiracy nut looking for something wrong.

You're not really being articulate and informative, you're just being annoying.

(Nice to see Lee Thall is still busy pulling the wings off bugs!)

-- Posted by Cy on Fri, May 22, 2009, at 4:22 PM


I agree with you.

Humanity as a whole needs to get a better attitude. We should treat each other better and work together to make our communities better places to live.

Criticism just to be mean or make yourself feel superior is unproductive and potentially destructive in nature.

Constructive criticism leads to better things for all of us.

God bless you and I hope the people injured in the accident get well soon.

-- Posted by Cy on Fri, May 22, 2009, at 4:28 PM

mrandmrstraver ~

Great comments ~ I personally think Lee Thall & the rider need jobs as editors ~ they certainly find nothing better to do than criticize every article & comment for the Times ~

Best Wishes & prayers to your family ~ speedy recovery to all involved ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, May 22, 2009, at 7:02 PM

Well to the ones that need to know, Vanatti crossed the line is(unknowen) at this time I have asked my Daughter but she can not remember. One day she might. She has a long time to recover and thankful she is still with us. We have are prayers out to Jason.

-- Posted by latdbt on Sun, May 24, 2009, at 3:51 PM

latdbt: No explanation was required for the majority of us, but thank you. My apologies for the uncouth attitude of some who write on these pages without thought or concern for the families going through the pain of nearly (or actually) losing a loved one.

I've known Jason since he was a little boy and I wish both your daughter and Jason a full recovery. They call these 'accidents' for a reason .. and that's what it was. A horrible, tragic accident that could have come out far worse. Thank heavens it didn't.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, May 25, 2009, at 8:28 AM

Thank you latdbt for informing those that seem to want to badger. Prayers out for you, and your family. A good recovery for your daughter and be strong as you have already displayed your forgiving heart and understanding way !

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Tue, May 26, 2009, at 5:10 PM


Hmmm. Yeah, I see what you mean. Idle whining and picking on every little thing doesn't help. But, if we all have this happy go lucky attitude it may end up that we don't get the information we need. I think Lee was mainly just being critical of the fact that there was this vague hole left open. Often that can actually be more damaging. Gossip can be way more damaging than facts.

I think the "undisclosed" word is thrown out there by habit and really means that nothing was asked and nothing was said. "undisclosed" sounds official, press like and thorough, even though it is not.

I too am praying for a speedy recovery and, more so, a lesson learned. Hopefully nobody died and nobody had any permanent damage. I do however wish them lots of temporary pain (physical or financial) so they will learn from their mistakes (whoever made them) so it will not happen again. Painless mistakes are lessons unlearned.

-- Posted by TheRider on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 2:17 PM

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