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Medaryville Man Dies After Being Thrown From Vehicle
Updated October 13, 2016 4:24 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(JASPER CO.) - A Medaryville man died after he was ejected from a vehicle that lost control entering the rest park on I-65.

Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Trooper Justin Hansen revealed at approximately 9:17 p.m., Wednesday, evening, a 2005 Honda Accord, driven by 25-year-old Zachary Smith Vetter, of Crown Point was southbound on I-65 entering the rest park at the 231.5 mile marker (this is approximately 1 ½ miles north of the Demotte/Roselawn exit) at a high rate of speed. As you enter the rest park there is a split in the road for cars to go to the right to park and semis/trucks to go to the left to park.

Vetter took neither and continued straight hitting a large state highway sign sideways on the driver's side. This sheared the 12 foot poles holding the sign up off at the ground. The Accord began to roll going down an embankment into a muddy, reed filled ditch, at some point the passenger 26-year-old Nicholas James Vega, was ejected out of the car.

The Accord rolled out of the ditch and came to rest in the entrance lane for cars at the rest park.

Vega came to rest under a 2006 Freightliner rear tandem tires, owned by KOS Trans of Hartland, Wisconsin. The Freightliner was parked in the first parking slot in the semi/truck lot in the rest park. The poles after being sheared off hit the same 2006 Freightliner's trailer. The driver of the Freightliner was in his sleeper asleep.

Vega was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jasper County Coroner of massive blunt force trauma. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Vetter was cut out of his seat belt by a Jasper County Sheriff's deputy and was taken by ambulance to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois with non-life threatening injuries.

A German Shepherd was also in the Accord and was not injured. The Shepherd kept watch over the deceased until Jasper County Animal Control came to retrieve him.

Assisting: Troopers Brandon Bohling, Kurt Jones, and Corey Adam, Corporal Dan Becker, Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Keener Township Fire and EMS, Jasper County Coroner, Jasper County Animal Control and Cheever's Towing

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