UPDATED: Indy man dies in one car accident

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

* Toxicology tests pending

KNIGHTSVILLE -- Autopsy results are pending for an Indianapolis man involved in a single vehicle fatal accident on United States 40 near Knightsville Wednesday morning.

At approximately 4 a.m., Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said several calls to local 911 dispatchers reported a speeding vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of U.S. 40. In response, Clay County Sheriff's Department dispatched deputies to the area between Knightsville and Harmony.

Heaton confirmed several phone calls from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department notifying the department a vehicle was traveling westbound on U.S. 40 in the eastbound lanes at a high rate of speed through Putnam County and entering Clay County.

According to Deputy Eric Walker, he and two other CCSD deputies arrived at the scene of the accident in an area near County Road 100 East moments after the accident took place. They discovered two utility poles had been struck and severed and an extensively damaged vehicle was resting against a tree in front of Kenneth Stewart's residence.

"We heard a crash," Stewart, who did not witness the accident, said. "I looked outside and saw a car by a tree."

Members of the Van Buren and Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Departments, Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare worked to extricate the driver, Bradley M. Carli, 45, Indianapolis, who was trapped inside the vehicle.

The accident temporarily shut down traffic flow on U.S. 40. One lane was reopened later in the morning as crews cleared the area of debris. By noon, both lanes were opened for traffic.

Meanwhile, a Putnam County Sheriff's Department deputy and at least one witness arrived on the scene to provide information, which officials believe verified the vehicle as the same one observed in Putnam County.

Once out of the vehicle, officials with the Clay County Coroner's Office pronounced Carli -- who suffered from head and back injuries -- dead at the scene.

However, to help determine the cause of the accident, officials scheduled an autopsy to be performed by Dr. Roland Kohr at Terre Haute Regional. As of press time toxicology results were pending.

However, local officials confirmed preliminary results indicate Carli died from massive internal injuries sustained during the accident.

Officials confirmed the accident remains under investigation.

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  • Seems to mje that Putnam County Sheriffs were chasing him! IS IT WORTH A LIFE!

    -- Posted by Innocent on Thu, Dec 3, 2009, at 5:52 AM
  • Innocent,

    Sheriff units were searching for a wreckless driver, not chasing him. He was reported through Putnam County by numerous callers. As if it was worth a life, this driver took his life in his own hands when he began driving in excess of 100 miles per hour. You can not blame law enforcement for people breaking the law. That is like blaming pharmacies for Meth.

    -- Posted by Thomas Morton on Thu, Dec 3, 2009, at 6:25 AM
  • According to this story he was NOT being chased! He was endangering the lives of others with his actions, and would have continued to do so had he not been stopped by a telephone pole. Thank goodness no one else was hurt. Kudos to the motorists that reported him, and to all law enforcement involved.

    -- Posted by bikerlady on Thu, Dec 3, 2009, at 7:14 AM
  • Innocent, could you point out where it says the Putnam Co. police were chasing this guy?

    -- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Dec 3, 2009, at 4:49 PM
  • I never can understand people blaming the police when there is a high speed chase. If someone is driving at a high rate of speed what are they to do just let them? If they are already speeding, just to speed, do you think they will stop? How are the police supposed to know if they will hit someone or not?

    Don't you think at any point in time they can't kill themselves,their passengers or others? What do you recommend to do? If it is known that the police will not chase you, what do you think everyone will do?

    Sometimes when people choose to do wrong bad things happen, but it was the person behind the wheel who is to blame, not the police.

    -- Posted by localgal on Fri, Dec 4, 2009, at 10:57 PM
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