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Edna Mast of Goshen Dies in Three-Vehicle Crash on Dangerous Stretch of State Road 13 near Middlebury

A 2007 Freightliner semi driven by James Everett of Three Rivers, Michigan, crashed into two cars on State Road 13 south of the intersection of County Road 24 Monday afternoon around 2:30 p.m.  Goshen resident, Edna Mast, 68, was pronounced dead on the scene in the chair-reaction crash.  Witnesses say that Mast had slowed to avoid a bicyclist and a 2000 GMC Jimmy, driven by Donald Smith, 38, of Elkhart, also slowed. The semi driven by Everett saw the Buick slowing but did not see any brake lights.  Everett said he swerved to try and avoid the collision but was unable...

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Juan Cardenas Found in Baptismal Pool

Starr Austen & Miller are investigating the death of 1-year-old Juan Cardenas who was found submerged in a baptismal pool Wednesday at a day-care center he attended located in Praise Fellowship Assembly of God, 6700 Michigan Road, on Indianapolis' Northwest side. According to police, a therapist had arrived to begin a session with the boy, but he could not be found.  Employees were asked to help look for Juan and they told police that they found him in the baptismal pool, which contained water about 2' deep.  Baptismal pools generally hold water for baptism and vary in size and shape.  He...

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Arnold O. Rexroad Killed when Semi Jackknifes in Hendricks County

On February 14, 2012, a semi driven by Arnold O. Rexroad, 64, of Effingham, Illinois, became disabled on the eastbound shoulder of I-70 between mile markers 51 and 59, near Monrovia, Indiana, in western Hendricks County, and was hit by a second semi. Rexroad was in the process of being towed when a 2003 green Freightliner, pulling two trailers and being driven by Richard C. Maples, 60, of Wilmington, Ohio, lost control of his semi on wet pavement caused when his second trailer jackknifed.  The second trailer struck Rexroad's semi from behind and pushed the disabled semi forward into the wrecker. Mr....

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Self-Directed IRA Fraud May Be On The Rise In Indiana

Many people saving for retirement have socked their money in IRAs, which are a type of retirement account with tax advantages. However, there is now a new breed of IRA on the block, called the self-directed IRA, and although it is perfectly legal it has been used for fraudulent purposes by schemers and fraudsters recently, across the country, including in the State of Indiana. Self-directed IRAs are similar, in many ways, to regular IRAs. However, the key difference is that the types of investments you can hold in a self-directed IRA are much broader than in a traditional one. This broad...

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Accident in Carmel at 111th Street and Pennsylvania Kills Meyer P. Nahmias

Meyer P. Nahmias was driving his Cadillac northbound on Pennsylvania Street when a car being driven by John Charles Nickel, traveling west on 111th Street, did not stop at the stop sign and collided with the Cadillac.  Nahmias, an 85-year old man, was pronounced dead at IU North Hospital from the injuries he sustained from the crash.  Nickel, a 90-year old, was treated at St. Vincent Hospital located on 86th Street. The intersection of Pennsylvania and 111th is a 2-way stop and is just north of a roundabout on 106th Street.  Read the full article at IndyStar.com. If you have any additional...

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Accident on Indiana 25 Injures Four

Thursday's snow created hazardous road conditions on Indiana 25 three miles northeast of Delphi when a vehicle driven by James McCartney of Logansport lost control of his van in Carroll County and hit a pick-up truck driven by Cepeda Williams of Logansport.  McCartney's passengers Haley Utterback and Joseph McCartney were ejected from the van.  Utterback was flown to Methodist Hospital and Joseph McCartney was transported to a Lafayette hospital.  Williams was taken to Logansport Memorial Hospital with shoulder pain and his passenger, Benjamin Pena, was taken to IU Health Arnett with back pain.  Read the full article at JCOnline. If you...

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The Importance of Evidence in the “Black Box” For Truck Accident Litigation

Often in truck accidents there is a lot of conflicting testimony between the truck driver’s version of events and that of the injured person regarding such important issues as speed, acceleration and braking. Some of this conflict may come from a bias of protecting one’s own interests, but in addition these accidents often happen so quickly, and so many things happen in quick succession that it can be difficult to accurately remember or even notice all relevant pieces of information. That is where a heavy truck’s Event Data Recorder (known in the industry as an “EDR”), and often commonly referred to...

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Michael Hoover of Logansport, Indiana Died from Truck Accident

Michal Hoover, 61, was driving in his car on Ind. 25 near 100 South in Fulton County early in the morning.  His car was struck by the trailer of a southbound semi-truck at about 6:40 A.M. The driver of the truck was Jay Voigt, 44, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jay's semi-truck entered the northbound lanes for "unknown reasons", states the press release from the Fulton County Sherrif's Department. The semi-truck then hit another driver, Timothy L. Wilson, in his pickup truck while we was waiting to turn. Michal Hoover died at Parkview Hospital today, according to Fulton County Sheriff's Department's email communications...

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Sugarland State Fair Collapse Lawsuit Filed By Starr Austen & Miller

Attorney Mario Massillamany has announced that Starr Austen & Miller has filed a complaint today on behalf of 48 victims of the Sugarland State Fair stage collapse, which occurred on August 13, 2011. Entitled 'Jill Polet et al vs Sugarland Music, Inc et al', the case has been filed in Marion County Superior Court 14 in Indiana under cause number 49D14-1111-CT-44823. On August 13, 2011, a large crowd of Sugarland fans gathered at the Indiana State Fair Grounds expecting a great country music concert, and instead tragedy struck. During a severe thunderstorm with very strong winds the stage at the outdoor...

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