Crash claims life of USI student

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20-year-old’s truck struck while pulling out of driveway


ST. MARKS – A 20-year-old University of Southern Indiana student died Monday in a two-vehicle accident between St. Marks and Bristow.

According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, Samuel J. Deom, 20, of 14928 Indiana 145, was pulling out of his driveway when his truck was hit by a northbound pickup truck driven by Aaron Meyer, 34, of Bristow.

The impact caused both trucks to travel off the west side of the road. Deom was extricated from his truck and died while en route to Perry County Memorial Hospital, Chief Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy Daymion Marsh said.

Meyer was not injured.

Indiana 145 was closed for several hours. State police arrived on the scene Monday evening to assist in the investigation.

The accident remains under investigation but Marsh said there were no indications alcohol was involved. Results of toxicology tests have not been released.

State police assisted at the scene with a photo telemetry system Marsh said would help determine the speed of Meyer’s vehicle and chart the location of the impact. The investigation will also work to assess if Deom’s view was obstructed.   

Along with state police, Marsh and Deputy Richard Myers were assisted by Perry County Emergency Medical Services, Anderson Township firefighters and the Perry County Rescue Squad.

Marsh said Deom was a student at USI and was returning to Evansville.

An obituary appears in today’s issue.