Man, 25, dies in S.R. 62 crash
James Richard Pittman, 25, Corydon, died Thursday morning, Feb. 16, 2006, from injuries sustained when the 1996 Transport minivan he was driving rolled and left the highway.
Pittman was alone on S.R. 62 westbound near Stagestop Campground when his vehicle left the right side of the road, went into a skid and rolled approximately six times, according to a report by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
Pittman, who did not appear to be wearing a seat belt, was ejected. A witness reported the accident, but Pittman was dead when emergency personnel arrived.
Chief Dep. Coroner Malcolm McMakin said Pittman suffered multiple injuries and died of a broken neck, based on the results of X-rays observed by doctors. No autopsy was required, McMakin said.
A contract driver for the U.S. Postal Service, Pittman was transporting mail from Corydon to Leavenworth when the accident occured.
Packages and personal items from the vehicle were strewn about the roadway and down a steep embankment where the minivan came to rest. The parcels were recovered by postal authorities.
A native of Corydon, born June 25, 1980, James Richard Pittman was the son of Jimmy Sr. and Charlene Spink Pittman of Corydon.
He was employed as a sales associate for Earthgrains in Louisville and a member of Teamsters Union Local 89.
Survivors include his wife, the former Donna Niehaus; three sons, Noah David, Christian Kenneth and Isaiah James Pittman, all of Corydon; a daughter, Emma Lou Pittman of Corydon; two brothers, Jimmy Lee Jr. and Charles Roy Pittman, both of Corydon; a half sister, Serena Miller of Corydon; and his grandmother, Cynthia Pittman of Corydon.
The funeral was Monday at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in Blue River Chap’el Cemetery near Corydon. The Rev. Webster Oglesby officiated.
The family suggests memorial gifts to an educational fund to benefit his children. Donations may be made at any First Harrison Bank or the funeral home. Checks should be made to the ‘Jamie Pittman Memorial Scholarship Fund.’