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Brazil man dies in U.S. 40 crash near Manhattan

Friday, March 21, 2014

MANHATTAN -- A Brazil man was killed and his three passengers suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle crash early Friday on U.S. 40 in Putnam County.

Darrel E. Meaden Jr., 30, was pronounced dead at the scene by Putnam Deputy Coroner Thomas Miller, the Greencastle Banner-Graphic reports.

Personnel from the Washington Township (Putnam County) Fire Department, Putnam County Operation Life and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the scene just east of Manhattan at 5:12 a.m. The first deputy arrived at 5:21 a.m.

The 1998 Ford F-150 was occupied by four individuals and had been eastbound on U.S. 40 when it left the highway. After leaving the south side of the road, the truck crossed a grass shoulder and struck an earth embankment, causing it to go airborne.

Upon returning to the ground, the vehicle rolled at least three times, striking trees and brush before coming to rest on its passenger side.

Meaden was ejected as the vehicle was rolling and was found just west of the truck's final resting point.

The three passengers told deputies that Meaden was texting on his cellular phone and missed a slight curve when the vehicle left the road.

One female passenger was transported to Putnam County Hospital by Operation Life for minor injuries. The other two female occupants were taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by a personal vehicle for treatment of minor injuries.

All four occupants resided in Brazil and were on their way to their place of employment in Greencastle.

Sheriff's Department Lt. Dwight Simmons served as investigating officer. He was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Craig Sibbitt, Deputy Adam Hull and Col. Tom Helmer.

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Horribe horrible tragedy all because of TEXTING while driving. When will people learn?????????? Very sad.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Fri, Mar 21, 2014, at 10:35 PM

yes it is a very horrible tragedy and we lost a loved one due to it. not only was he a great dad and a wonderful friend he was also a brother and a son and a HERO!! he will forever be in our hearts never forgotten a great solder! see you soon Darrel (dj)

-- Posted by grace.bemis on Sat, Mar 22, 2014, at 1:17 PM

Not everyone is perfect and idk why when something tragic like this happens everyone seems as if they are. All Ik is DJ is going to be missed, he was a great friend, brother, father, and NOT TO MENTION HE DID SERVE THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY!

-- Posted by kmay on Sat, Mar 22, 2014, at 3:40 PM

God bless his family.... DJ was a great guy... If people want to point fingers...Think how many times we all have done this? Well if you say you never have.. god bless you.... praying for this family in this rough time.

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Sun, Mar 23, 2014, at 5:53 PM

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