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Update: Accident sends student to hospital

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Clay Community Schools student was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle while waiting on a school bus.

At approximately 7:20 a.m., officials were dispatched to an area north of County Road 1300 N., on State Road 59.

According to Indiana State Police Trooper Bill Bradbury, the truck, a 2004 Black Ford F150 driven by Mark W. Merrill, 22, Terre Haute, was heading north on SR 59 when he failed to yield as a Clay Community Schools (CCS) bus had its stop arm out.

The truck then struck the student, a male, who was attempting to board the bus. Officials said eyewitnesses claimed the male "flipped over the truck."

"He was responsive," Bradbury said, adding officials suspected he might have sustained injuries to both of his legs.

State Police officials later confirmed the student, identified as 15-year-old Logan Parr, had been transported to St. Vincent Clay for treatment of a possible fractured left leg and numerous abrasions and contusions.

Officials with CCS said the bus had all its lights on during the stop. All lights were functioning during an inspection conducted by Indiana State Police troopers, which was requested by CCS officials on scene.

"Anytime there is an injured person, we like to get the state police involved," CCS Transportation Director Frank Misner said.

Other students on the bus were transported to another school bus and taken from the scene.

Officials told The Brazil Times Merrill and a male passenger stated they were going hunting.

Officials said Merrill, who was not injured, was taken to the Clay County Justice Center and preliminarily charged with one count of Criminal Recklessness with a Vehicle (a Class A misdemeanor) and one count of Reckless Driving (Passing a School Bus Stop Arm and Causing Bodily Injury), also a Class A misdemeanor.

His bond was set at $5,000, with 10 percent acceptable.

The driver of the school bus, Jack Glancy, 74, was not injured, nor were any of the eight other students on the bus.

Both north and south lanes of SR 59 were opened for traffic flow at approximately 8:48 a.m.

Other agencies responding the accident included the Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Sheriff's Department and TransCare.

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Another student hit by a car on N 59 passing a stopped bus. This happened in about 1988 close to that area.

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 12:44 PM

I'm sorry around 1994

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 12:56 PM

After the young person was injured in near the same area several years ago, I thought the school corporation had implemented a new policy on "State Hwys" whereby students were picked up and dropped off on the same side of the road as their home (no crossing the street). If this is not the policy---IT SHOULD BE!

-- Posted by alias on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 4:31 PM

Now is Clay County Sheriffs Department going to patrol and enforce the no pass law? They really need to enforce this, look how many tickets they could write. Look at how many accidents they could prevent.

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 5:35 PM

The school corporation should implement a policy on "State Hwys" whereby students are picked up and dropped off on the same side of the road as their home (no crossing the street). If this is not the policy---IT SHOULD BE!

Well said, ALIAS!

-- Posted by reddevil on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 9:48 PM

I agree... They need to do this asap.

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Wed, Dec 21, 2011, at 12:56 AM

Bond is $5,000 w/ 10% acceptable, are you kidding me!! This was by far an accident that should have never happened, are you really in that big of a hurry to go deer hunting. People in this town really need to quit thinking that the rules apply to everyone but them. Thank god is wasn't worse.

-- Posted by benna30 on Wed, Dec 21, 2011, at 8:15 AM

Oh come on - we don't know that he was speeding. Just that he did not yield to the bus. From what I understand he was going the opposite way of the bus so it is not like he was trying to get around & pass the bus. When it is dark & rainy it is often hard to see. I ABSOLUTELY agree that he should have been extra cautious when seeing a bus at all but it was still an accident. As I recall the previous accident in 1994 that woman was actually going around the bus and I do not recall her face being plastered all over the news. Guess because she was middle aged and not a young man. My sympathies go out to both young men and their families and I do not know either of them.

-- Posted by indianamama on Wed, Dec 21, 2011, at 10:49 AM

7:20 is a little late to get started hunting. I don't understand why people continue to disregard the stop arms on a school bus. The penalty in this matter is a joke. Start getting serious about these types of injustices and you'll start getting results!

Prayers to the Parr young man for a swift recovery.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Dec 21, 2011, at 12:08 PM

I agree that it would be better to pick students up on their residence side of the road, but that may not be possible at every home. But let's not blame this on CCS, or the dark rainy conditions. This guy ran a bus stop signal and those bus lights are bright enough to be seen in the dark, rain and from VERY far away. It would not surprise me if the strobe light on top of the bus was on since it was raining. It was the guy's fault not anyone elses, PERIOD!

-- Posted by realitycheck! on Wed, Dec 21, 2011, at 12:34 PM

You can blame CCS for alot of things but with the information that is in the news and paper , I think

REALITYVHECK said it best in the last sentence..............It was the guy's fault not anyone elses, PERIOD!

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Wed, Dec 21, 2011, at 4:02 PM

I agree... don't pass blame... the blame is the guy that passed the school bus... however, the school could pass a policy requiring the bus to pick the kids up on the same side of the road.

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Thu, Dec 22, 2011, at 6:05 AM

The simple solution and most logical solution and safest for all our childrens safety out there, which should be everyone's TOP PRIORITY HERE....

Would be to pick the children up on the same side of the streets they live on! Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles ALL NEED TO STAND TOGETHER AND FIGHT FOR THIS RULE AND LAW TO BE PUT INTO AFFECT IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!

-- Posted by blondiesf on Thu, Dec 22, 2011, at 9:43 PM

I agree on a major highway children should be picked up on their side of the road. Country and city roads are a bit different. 40, 59 and 340 are major arteries and this should be put into law in our area. One child injured is to much.

-- Posted by Sharma on Fri, Dec 23, 2011, at 6:59 AM

indianamamaw, he should have seen the bus, never slowed down, and had almost 20 seconds, from the the time the bus stopped to when he hit my son. I'm not saying he is a bad kid, I'm sure he feels awful, but he didn't slow down even. He hit him at 40-50 miles and hour. Now, going back up to Methodist to see when he can some home. Thank you everyone for thoughts and prayers.

-- Posted by claycountrygirl on Fri, Dec 23, 2011, at 7:48 PM

Regardless of the situation, this should NOT HAVE HAPPENED. There are many serious accidents and injuries involving students and school buses, simply due to either someone not paying attention ... OR trying to beat the bus ... Come on people........be more considerate and cautious. What if it were your child or loved one.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Sat, Dec 24, 2011, at 8:43 AM

I know the boy that was hit very well. He is my nephew. Yes, Mark may be a good person, yes, he made a huuuuuuuuge mistake!! Had Logan not been the size he is, it could have been a fatal accident, People! You people that said not to be too hard on poor Mark...if Logan had been YOUR child, would you feel the same way? There is only one way to look at this situation. Mark was extremely careless with his judgment when he chose to fly through a stop arm and thank God Logan was not killed! If there is litigation involved later on with this case, I wouldn't blame his parents! Logan will have problems with those injuries the rest of his life! Why should Mark get off the hook with a slap on the wrist??? That's why we pay insurance.... for accidents that result in bodily injuries???? Hope Logan has a speedy recovery and this remains a lesson for everyone to observe the laws of the road!!!

-- Posted by Angel1980 on Mon, Dec 26, 2011, at 5:41 PM

EMMES, To bad you arent as smart as you think. Nobody said what they were hunting. Do you think rabbits are hunted in the dark? Yes what happened whas avoidable, but you always have some sort of comment that shows off your (or lack of ) inteligence.

-- Posted by goodolboy on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 11:02 AM

The deal is this: Regardless of what color of law statutes or codes that were broken that applies to corporate slaves (persons), pedestrians have the right of way.

I don't care if he disregarded a stop arm. Thats irrelevant. The fact is, the driver should have showed more caution. He's responsible. He caused harm. There is a victim and the driver of the truck must make restitution.

All you corporate sheople talking about this (color of) law and that (color of) law, means nothing. We have a violation of common law and we have a victim. The violator must pay. If the violator is honorable, he'll own up to his crime and take his judgement and punishment like a man without trying to point fingers are pass blame.

If one ignores the stop arm, one must be very cautious. Its out there for a reason. But, I've seen rude bus drivers who leave the stop arm out WAY too long and also leave it out while they are moving from house to house when the houses are several hundred feet apart and its a 4 lane. I have, multiple times, passed them. BUT! WITH CAUTION!!! I follow common law: no harm, no foul.

This is a clear cut case where there is harm and there is foul. My sympathies and prayers go out to the victim and the drive and the bus driver as well. Nobody wanted this to happen. Fortunately everyone seems to have lived.

Lessons learned.

Lesson 1: If the stop arm is out and you intend to violate the corporate code please understand that there could be a child crossing in front of you. You are taking responsibilty for anything that happens. Best advice: stop.

Lesson 2: If you are a kid boarding a bus DO NOT DEPEND on ANYONE ELSE'S desire (or lack thereof) to obey the stop arm. Should they stop? probably. Do they have to: NO. If they don't you might get banged up and have broken bones. Best advice: consider the situation as if the stop arm isn't even in operation. No, it won't be your fault but you may cause yourself and the (not so wise) driver a lot of pain.

Lesson 3: Life sucks. Life sucks more when you're in the hospital, jail, have to heal broken bones, pay huge fines, have high insurance rates and hospital bills.

One thing I know: the Parr family should be compensated for EVERY DIME of expenses they incur. If honourable, the driver will talk to them, sans lawyer, and ask them to give him a list of reasonable expenses they incurred outside of what insurance did not cover and he should pay them. It is his duty to do so. Tell the lawyers to go back to the offices and continue their porn surfing. Handle this like reasonable and honourable human beings.

-- Posted by ClayPrepper on Sat, Dec 31, 2011, at 11:15 PM

This is Logan, the one who got hit. I'd like to say thank you to everyone for their prayers and kind words. Thank you!

-- Posted by Slenkrapper2012 on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 4:48 AM

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