Two Harrison men die in truck crash
Two Harrison County men were killed Saturday night when their vehicle hit a tree on Ripperdan Valley Road.
Corda Frederick Wiseman, 23, Mauckport, was driving a Ford F-250 truck south on Ripperdan Valley Road when it went off the road and hit a tree about a half-mile north of Squire Boone Road just before 9 p.m., according to Officer Michael Kurz of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
James Mitchell Coker Jr., 27, of Central was a passenger in the truck. The crash happened near his residence.
Harrison County Coroner Chad Cesar said both men died at the scene of injuries sustained in the crash.
Neither man was wearing seat belts, police said.
Kurz said ‘speed not conducive to the roadway’ caused the crash. ‘Evidence at the scene indicates no skid marks,’ he said.
Both sides of Ripperdan Valley Road in that area are tree-lined with heavy brush among the trees, police said.
A native of New Albany, Corda Frederick Wiseman, 23, was born May 30, 1981, the son of Debra Sue Franks Wiseman of Mauckport and the late Eric Lee Wiseman.
He was a 2000 graduate of Corydon Central High School and worked at Uesseler Construction in Greenville. He was a member of Hyland United Methodist Church near Mauckport.
Survivors besides his mother include a brother, Bradley E. Wiseman of Mauckport; a sister, Leah Ruth Wiseman of Mauckport, and grandparents Dottie Wiseman of Mauckport and Fred and Wilma Franks of Corydon.
Visitation was yesterday and will be today (Wednesday) after 8 a.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.
The funeral will be today at the funeral home with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Mauckport. The Revs. Rick Donaldson and Larry Martin will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Chad and Robert Franks, Alan Morgan, Travis McKim, Jason Thornton and Josh Reed.
James Mitchell Coker Jr. was a native of Harrison County, born July 26, 1977.
He was a former employee in the shipping department at Keller Manufacturing Co. in Corydon.
Survivors include his wife, the former Misty Goldman; four daughters, Chelsae Goldman, and Hannah Marie and Carrie Lynn Coker, all of Central, and Kitana Beauchamp of New York, N.Y.; his parents, Donald and Mary Lawrence Sutherland of Central and James Coker Sr. of Kentucky; a sister, Kathleen LaCroix of Central, and grandparents Mary Lawrence of Central and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sutherland of Elizabeth.
The funeral was yesterday at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Mauckport. The Rev. Gilbert Duley officiated.
Pallbearers were Charles Tindall Jr., Roger Yeager, Mark Fisher, Gary Hottle, Jason Timberlake and Jeremy Hibbs.