Update: Fatal Crash at US 231 / SR 16

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UPDATED PRESS RELEASE

November 14, 2018

 

On Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at approximately 1:10 PM, the Jasper County Sheriff 911 Center received a report of a traffic crash between a passenger car and semi at the intersection of U.S. 231 and St. Rd. 16.

Within minutes of the initial report, a second call indicated that the semi involved had fled the scene travelling westbound on S.R. 16 and that the lone occupant/driver of the passenger car was trapped within the vehicle after having gone underneath the semi-trailer. The crash resulted in the death of Melisa Deno age 40 of Rensselaer, Indiana. 

During the investigation, Jasper County Investigators located the trailer near Saint Louis, MO. Jasper County Investigators then located the tractor, a White in color 2010 International and driver, 43 year old Joseph W. Bland of Terre Haute, Indiana. At this time, a report has been filed with the Jasper County Prosecutors Office and charges are pending.


ALL SUSPECTS ARE CONSIDERED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW
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By:  Sheriff Terry J. Risner