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FLOOD FATALITY: Kokomo man dies when vehicle overturns in ditch filled with high water

January 14, 2013

KOKOMO (HSPA) — One man died in Grant County late Sunday night when his vehicle overturned in high water. Grant County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moore said an unknown passerby called at 11:13 p.m. to report a vehicle upside in the water at 4200 E. Ind. 26.

Deputies arrived to find a vehicle upside down in a ditch off the roadway. The ditch had been flooded by a nearby creek, though the road wasn't closed at the time.

It took about six minutes for deputies to free the trapped man inside. The water, Moore said, was up to their chest, and they had to use tow straps and a 4-wheel drive vehicle to pull the vehicle out of the water. They then broke a window to pull out the unresponsive man. CPR was conducted, but the man died at Marion General Hospital.

Moore said the man has been identified as 19-year-old Blake Taylor of Kokomo.

"As far as we know, he was on his way back to school at Ball State University," Moore said.

It appears as though Taylor's vehicle hit water on the edge of the road, he lost control of the vehicle and then traveled off the north side of the road, where the car overturned into the ditch, which was 4 to 4.5 feet deep with water.

It's unclear how long Taylor had been underwater before the accident was called in.

Deputies don't believe he was wearing a seat belt at the time.
Moore said there wasn't water across the entire roadway.
(Marion) Chronicle-Tribune

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