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Drivers in Riley accident to be charged

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

VIGO COUNTY -- The Vigo County Prosecutor's Office has provided sufficient evidence in court that the drivers involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident causing the death of a Center Point man in Riley Sunday, should be arrested and charged in the matter.

New details about the accident were revealed when a probable cause affidavit to acquire arrest warrants was presented in Vigo County Superior Court Division 3 on Tuesday.

According to authorities, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Sunday, Ricky Lee Cantrell, 22, Terre Haute, apparently lost control of his pickup truck while driving on State Road 46 near Vine Street in Riley, struck a guard rail and breaking a utility pole in half before coming to stop in the eastbound lane.

There were two passengers in Cantrell's vehicle, including Amanda Noren and Russell Taylor. Apparently no one inside the truck was wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Within moments, witnesses reported a second truck -- driven by Wesley Reagin, 45, Cory -- hit Cantrell's truck. Reagin allegedly admitted to authorities he checked on the victims, but left the scene because he did not have insurance or a valid driver's license.

Vigo County Sheriff Jon R. Marvel said Noren was transported to the Intensive Care Unit at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of head injuries sustained in the accident and Cantrell was taken to Regional Hospital. Taylor was pronounced dead.

After notifying authorities he wanted to talk about the accident, Reagin was taken into custody at Union Hospital while seeking medical attention for injuries sustained in the accident. Reagin was released on his own recognizance Sunday to recuperate while awaiting formal court proceedings.

Investigators confirmed to The Brazil Times tissue samples located on the hood of Reagin's truck were collected during the initial investigation, but have yet to be analyzed.

Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr determined during an autopsy that Taylor died of a torn aorta and blunt force trauma that caused head injuries, broken ribs and punctured organs.

Kohr also reported to authorities the first crash was sufficient enough to cause the fatal injuries, but he believed the second collision did not help the situation.

Superior Judge David Bolk approved arrest warrants for both Cantrell and Reagin.

Appearing in court Tuesday, Reagin was informed of the prosecutor's office intention to file potential charges of -- but not limited to -- three counts of class D felony leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury and one count of failure to maintain financial responsibility (insurance). He was ordered to return Friday for the formalization of the charges.

The allegations against Cantrell, who remains hospitalized at this time, include four charges of a class B felony causing death while operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol content equivalent (ACE) of .08 or more while license suspended or revoked, two counts of class C felony causing death while operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol content equivalent (ACE) of .08 or more and one class D felony causing serious bodily injury while operating a motor vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more. Court issued Cantrell a $50,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed in the matter.

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