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2 Depauw men die after separate crashes

Two Depauw men have died following recent separate crashes earlier this month.
According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., a man who had gone outside on Dec. 5 to collect firewood saw a black Ford Ranger in the middle of a muddy field and thought he saw a dead body near the truck. The man called the landowner to find out if any hunters were allowed on the property and was told none were allowed. He then told the property owner he thought a deceased person was in the field.
Two members of Ramsey Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to the scene along John Smith Road and located Albert D. Coomer, 79, face down on the ground.
Investigation by the HCSD showed that Coomer’s truck had been eastbound on John Smith Road when it went left of center, off the roadway and into the field, eventually becoming stuck in the mud.
Evidence was located in the field to indicate that Coomer had wandered around before collapsing.
A family member said Coomer likely had run off the road late in the day before he was found.
The police report says that Coomer was wearing minimal clothing and, after his clothing became wet, he possibly succumbed to the effects of hypothermia.
Upon notification, Coomer’s son said that his father hadn’t drank in 30 years and had crashed once before after passing out.
Toxicology results are pending.
Also on Friday, Dec. 4, Carl Cunningham, 83, crashed his vehicle into a tree after leaving his residence in the Milltown Elderly Housing complex.
According to a report by Lt. James Yaeger of the Milltown Police Dept., the crash occurred at 1:45 p.m., just moments after Cunningham left his apartment and ‘accelerated to a high rate of speed’ before the front end of the vehicle struck a tree, leaving about 300 feet of tire tread marks.
Cunningham was transported by Harrison County Hospital EMS to University Hospital in Louisville. Among his injuries were rib fractures, a pelvic fracture and a broken femur.
He died at 5:15 a.m. last Wednesday. The cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the crash.

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