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Seymour Man To Be Sentenced Friday On Reckless Homicide Charge
Updated May 12, 2016 6:25 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(SEYMOUR) - The sentencing hearing for a 19-year-old man who recently pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in connection with the death of a Seymour man in the summer of 2014 is set for 2 p.m. Friday in Jackson Circuit Court.

Garrett Lee Fields of Seymour faces a prison term of three to six years if Judge Richard W. Poynter accepts his plea to the Level 5 charge.

The charge stems from a wreck that fatally injured 63-year-old Lee S. Ertel of Seymour.

Medical records show the Seymour teen, Fields, had marijuana in his system when he failed to stop at an intersection south of Cortland, according to court records.

The wreck led to the death of Lee S. Ertel, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by Officer Tom Barker with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

The accident happened at the intersection of County Road 400 East and 550 North, just south of Cortland in August.

Ertel died from his injuries at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, according to Coroner Roger Wheeler. Wheeler say Ertel appeared to be suffering from internal bleeding before he was loaded into the helicopter.
18-year-old Fields, also of Seymour, who was driving the second vehicle involved in the wreck, also was flown to Methodist Hospital.

According to a police report, Fields was traveling west on County Road 550 North in a Dodge truck. Ertel was driving a Chevrolet utility pickup south on County Road 400 East.

Ertel was trapped in his vehicle and was freed by Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department and Jackson County EMS personnel.

Ertel then was taken to the fire department just north of Cortland, where a landing zone had been set up by firefighters. PHI Stat Flight from North Vernon transported Ertel to Methodist Hospital.

Fields, who police say was out of the vehicle when they arrived, was taken from the scene to the helipad at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Jackson County EMS. He was complaining of pelvic pain. LifeLine Helicopter Service transported him to Methodist Hospital.

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