Two-vehicle crash claims life of Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy

BLOOMINGTON – A two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon, claimed the life of an on-duty Monroe County Sheriff’s Department deputy.

The accident was reported at 4:00 p.m. on State Road 45, north of Eller Road in Monroe County.

When first responders arrived they discovered that one of the vehicles involved was occupied by a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy.

According to an Indiana State Police report, 38-year-old Deputy James Driver, of Spencer was unconscious and unresponsive.

Deputy Driver was responding to a call and operating his 2018 Dodge Charger police vehicle with emergency lights and sirens activated.  While Deputy Driver was traveling south on SR 45, a 2006 GMC truck and trailer, driven by 22-year-old Christopher A. Derr, of Monticello, IL was traveling north in the area. Derr attempted to stop but lost control of the truck and traveled into the southbound lanes where the trailer collided with Deputy Driver’s vehicle.

After the impact, Deputy Driver’s vehicle rolled off the roadway before coming to a stop. The impact caused Deputy Driver to be ejected from the vehicle.

Emergency personnel then transported Deputy Driver to  IU Health Bloomington Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Derr and his passengers were not injured in the crash but Derr was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for a voluntary blood draw and the results of those tests are pending. 

The investigation is ongoing. State Road 45 was closed for approximately 4 ½ hours while troopers investigated the crash.

Investigating Officer: Sergeant Greg Day, Indiana State Police

Assisting Troopers: Sergeants Ryan Miller, Eric Russell and Master Troopers John Yung, Travis Coryea, and Senior Trooper Matt Holley