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Milltown man dies in crash

Milltown man dies in crash
Milltown man dies in crash
Officer Dennis Asher of the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept. notes information Friday morning from the Ford Explorer after James D. Kennedy ran off the road and crashed. Kennedy, 48, died at the scene. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)

A Milltown man died Friday morning after his vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a utility pole.
James Dane (Tank) Kennedy, 48, was driving his 1999 Ford Explorer east on S.R. 64 when he crossed into the westbound lane then traveled off the north side of the road near S.R. 337, according to Officer Dennis Asher of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
The crash happened just after 8 a.m. An employee of 64 Express Mart in Depauw, who was outside at the time of the crash, told police she heard a loud ‘pop’ and looked up in time to see the Explorer travel down an embankment on the opposite side of the road.
Asher said the noise the employee heard was likely the Explorer’s outside rear-view mirror striking a sign along the highway near where it ran off the road. The vehicle had hit a fence before hitting the utility pole.
Three motorists who came upon the scene got out of their vehicles and ran to aid Kennedy, who, Asher said, was initially conscious and talking. Kennedy, who was trapped in the vehicle, allegedly told those trying to help that he believed he had fallen asleep, Asher said.
Kennedy was wearing a seat belt and his air bag deployed, police said, but the impact, which occurred on the driver’s side was too great.
‘The coroner said he died of multiple blunt force injuries,’ Asher said.
Members of the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Dept. assisted at the scene.