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NHS student injured in Monday morning accident

Monday, January 18, 2010

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Emergency responders use the Jaws of Life to extricate a 17-year-old from her vehicle Monday morning. [Order this photo]
A 17-year-old Northview High School student escaped serious injury following a single-vehicle accident Monday morning.

At approximately 8:10 a.m., officials were dispatched to Kennedy's Crossing Road for a single-vehicle accident with entrapment.

Upon arrival, officials discovered Stephanie Bechtel, Brazil, inside her vehicle, which was off the road next to a telephone pole.

According to officials, Bechtel was traveling south on Kennedy's Crossing Road, when she lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a telephone pole.

"She doesn't remember what happened," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said.

The driver's side of the vehicle was next to the pole and officials had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate Bechtel from the vehicle.

Heaton said witnesses traveling behind Bechtel said speed was not a factor.

"She just came around the curve and slid," Heaton said.

Heaton added overnight weather conditions had caused the road to be slick.

Heaton said Bechtel had her seatbelt on. After officials removed her from the vehicle, Bechtel was transported via TransCare to St. Vincent Clay Hospital. She complained of leg pain and also suffered abrasions from broken glass.

Other agencies responding to the accident included the Dick Johnson Volunteer Fire Department and Clay County Search and Rescue.


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I think it is really sad that the school area roads are so bad. I drove that road recently during the school hours early. I slid to the stop sign. That road needs to look like a state road and some guard rails.

How many kids will slide off and get hurt?

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 11:29 AM

Angels were with you Stephanie and many of us will continue praying for you. God bless

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 11:37 AM

That road is no different then any other county road. The kids just need to slow down and beaware.

-- Posted by max23 on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 12:01 PM

Another road complaint in Brazil.... imagine that! Seriously... do something!

-- Posted by tsl2010 on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 12:58 PM

Thank God she's ok. Everyone has alot to be thankful for, at least another young person was not a fatality this morning.

-- Posted by ape1 on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 1:00 PM

I feel it is time that drivers become accountable for their actions instead of always blaming the highway department. Most of the accidents within the past several years, several of which have been fatalities, have been due to driver error. There comes a time when people have to be responsible drivers. Slow down, pay attention, and be aware of the weather conditions.

-- Posted by Hodgepodge on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 1:33 PM

I have an idea....let's just thank our LORD that she is ALIVE and quit complaining and placing blame on everything and everyone! Let's continue to pray for ALL of our young drivers.

-- Posted by loveoneanother on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 3:24 PM

"Speed was not an issue." Please read the article to it's entirety. The roads were extremely slick. School should have maybe been delayed until salt trucks could have attended to the road. This is one of the major roads used to get to Northview. When did the salt truck make it on that road?

Thankfully she's okay. I feel we have delays when we shouldn't and don't have them when we should. Who decides this?

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 3:28 PM

"Speed was not an issue." Criminology, that's what it said alright. But there could have been other driver issues, (cellphone, texting, driver inattention, etc.). The most important thing is that this was not yet another fatality.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 6:03 PM

Roads? What roads?! The last time I visited my old, somewhat beloved hometown, I hit a chuck-hole so hard--going UNDER the speedlimit--that I had to take my beautiful car to the shop when I returned from my trip. My question to you, the average taxpayer: WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING WITH YOU MONEY???

-- Posted by OuttaTime on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 6:36 PM

I agree with loveoneanother. Thank the LORD that this accident wasn't any worse.

-- Posted by th1953 on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 7:04 PM

I agree with Lee Thall. Funny how people blame the road yet I'm sure there was a bunch of vehicles on that road before she was that made it just fine. Everybody always has someone else to blame.

-- Posted by max23 on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:21 PM

Roads, sidewalks, and streets were VERY slick this morning. Young girl at Clay City slipped in parking lot, lost consciousness, taken to Indianapolis for observation. VERY treacherous conditions this morning.

-- Posted by can't believe it on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:45 PM

Stephanie is a responsible, level headed young lady. Perhaps some of you need to read the article again....specifically the "had seatbelt on" and "speed was not a factor" paragraphs. I thank God that she's ok and I'll pray that none of you whom are judging my niece....ever have to get the call her parents rec'd this morning and remember "Judge not lest ye be judged" Love you Steph!!

-- Posted by mills on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:45 PM

More and More kids are not paying attention on their way to school and something needs to be done about it. I think that there needs to be an police officer out by that kennedy crossing road because that is the main back road to take to school and kids dont want to follow the speed limit so they choose to go the back way if there where a cop out there before and after school i think there would be fewer accidents out that way cause they would know to watch their speed.

-- Posted by candy1 on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 11:43 PM