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Officials conclude investigation

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Officials recently released information about a Brazil man struck by a vehicle while riding a lawnmower July 19.

According to information from the Brazil Police Department, emergency personnel were dispatched to a personal injury accident involving a truck pulling a trailer and a lawnmower in an area near the intersection of Compton and Sherman streets shortly after 5 p.m.

As Derek Nevins, 30, Brazil, was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for medical treatment, members of BPD investigated the accident scene. AirEvac later airlifted Nevins to Indianapolis Wishard Hospital for treatment of extensive injuries to his head, chest, lower abdomen and left leg.

No further information is available about Nevins condition.

Cooperating with the investigation, James Keen Jr., 60, Brazil, told Det. Clint McQueen and Patrolman Jeff Bucklin he never saw Nevins on a riding lawnmower while driving southbound on Sherman Street, but heard what sounded like a collision and stopped.

When he looked back, Keen said he saw a man laying in the roadway and a riding lawnmower in the grass just to the west of the man. The lawnmower was heavily damaged on the left side and had black tire markings on the left side and front hood.

Both vehicles remained in place while officials investigated the grass lot Nevins was mowing before the accident. Tire markings showed a curve where Nevins had been mowing.

Although a nearby neighbor confirmed Nevins had been mowing the lot, they did not witness the accident.

McQueen concluded the accident investigation was "unable to determine the exact cause and factors of the crash" and it would be unreasonable to establish "fault" based on all evidence observed at the crash scene.

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What a suprise! The Brazil police coundnt determine fault.I'm suprised they can feed themselves.

-- Posted by harmonydad on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 9:23 AM

Thats really a harsh criticism, maybe if it were your job to gather all the facts and come to a determination, when you didn't witness the accident, you wouldn't be so honest and admit it was impossible to reach a decision based on what you had to go on, and convict an innocent person. The BPD knew it would be in the paper and still came to the conclusion they did. I'll be damned if I'd make remarks like you did harmonydad, when your neck isn't on the line to be the authority.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 10:05 AM

Wow harmonydad you haven't a clue about anything do you. BPD goes above and beyond and are working so short staffed right now and no one seems to care!!!!!

-- Posted by getit2gether on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 10:58 AM

CLINT McQUEEN: No witnesses? Reading over the original article in The TIMES, "westsidemom" stated "I am a neighbor in that area and was there yeaterday when that happened". Question her. Subpoena The TIMES and find out who she is.

harmonydad: the Brazil Police does a GREAT JOB!!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 11:22 AM

Harmony Dad,

Maybe before you jump to your own conclusions about the job that BPD does you will help them with their investigation.

Were you there?

Did you see it happen?

What was your location in relation to the accident?

Maybe just maybe you can help..

BPD does a wonderful job protecting out community. We should feel fortunate that they are available when we need them.

-- Posted by reasonablesuspicion on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 12:07 PM

Please read the story again:

"Although a nearby neighbor confirmed Nevins had been mowing the lot, they did not witness the accident."

Question her? Subpoena The TIMES and find out who she is? The story says "according to information from the Brazil Police Department," so they probably did that already or the paper wouldn't have that information.

As for harmonydad, you are apparently satisfied with being part of the problem instead of the solution considering all you can do is complain about those willing to put their lives on the line to protect you and your community!

-- Posted by Cy on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 1:11 PM

I was the first neighbor to help derrick after this horrible accident. I am not taking sides of anyone but this investigation lasted at least 4 hours after the whole incident had happened. What makes me upset is the driver probably won't get a citation for this or anything else

-- Posted by wmc053175 on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 1:32 PM

harmonydad , maybe you or someone in your family could join the police dept. if you don't think they are going a good job. I think they do a good job with the money they have for help ,gas, cars etc. say all the bad you want. When it comes to someone breaking into your trailer , I know whom you are going to call someone at the double in diner. At least you know they can feed themselves.

BPD keep up the good work!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 1:53 PM


No need to read again. I'll let YOU. As to the suboena, I meant for the writer, "westsidemom". She may have "there when that happened", as she stated and the police not even know it because she did not come forward. There's a lot of possibilites.

Heres' what she had to say:

"I am a neighbor in that area and was there yeaterday when that happened. The boy was mowing that lot like he does all the time. The driver admitted he was looking in the other direction to wave at someone when he hit him.The boy was not riding in the street.Allot of the neighbors spoke to police about that company and how fast they drive up and down Sherman street.As we have made complaints before, because of the area being heavy populated with children. The ironic thing is the accident happened right in front of the city's "SLOW" sign.My thoughts and prayers are with Derek and his family."

-- Posted by westsidemom on Mon, Jul 20, 2009, at 9:36 AM

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Mon, Aug 3, 2009, at 1:58 PM


Citation for what exactly?

Pulling a trailer down the street?

Stopping at the scene of an accident involving injury?

Cooperating with the accident investigation?

What has Mr. Keen done to warrant a citation. Is a 115 dollar ticket really gonna matter more than a hill of beans?

-- Posted by reasonablesuspicion on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 10:44 AM

For the record I was interviewed by the police and I did come forward as did wmco53175,and they know who I am. I was there does not mean I witnessed the accident itself. I as did all the other neighbors came running out when we heard the accident.And as far as him being innocent I know the truck he was driving collided with the mower.And I have lived in that neighborhood for 4 years and have personally complained along with all the other neighbors about the speed of that companies trucks and trailors on that street.but since the accident the company has been using Depot street.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 4:32 PM

I was let known earlier today Derek didn't make it. He passed away earlier today. Vicki & Jack your in my prayers. Please keep in mind both sides here before you post hateful comments, this can't be easy for anyone involved.

-- Posted by nascarfans on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 1:07 AM


This story from the beginning says: "According to information from the Brazil Police Department.." I am not a journalist, but I can read. And that means all the further information comes from that source!

Seems when people act like they know it all, they usually get shot down when someone else comes along with more information.

Seems the WRITER had their facts straight. I'm not sure, but you seem to have a problem with this reporter due to what you write as replies on other stories. And each time you complain and attempt to smack the reporter down, you look bad.

This forum-- whether for good or bad topics -- isn't for personal vendettas of any type. Hopefully you remember that in the future.

As for the man injured, I pray for the family as they go through this tough time.

-- Posted by Cy on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 5:31 PM

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