2012-06-01 / Front Page

Deputy Jared Myers Recovering After Being Struck By A Vehicle

Deputy Awaits X-Rays To Determine The Full Extent Of His Injuries
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


OCSD Deputy Jared Myers relays driver information to Owen County Security Center Dispatch while on the scene of a motor vehicle accident in this SEW file photo dated May, 2011. (SEW File Photo) OCSD Deputy Jared Myers relays driver information to Owen County Security Center Dispatch while on the scene of a motor vehicle accident in this SEW file photo dated May, 2011. (SEW File Photo) Injuries aside, Owen County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jared Myers says he’s thankful to be alive after being struck by a vehicle during a routine traffic stop on U.S. 231S in Spencer.

According to information provided by investigating officer Nathan Martin of the Spencer Police Department, the mishap occurred shortly before midnight on Saturday, May 26 near Fifth Avenue.

Reports indicate Myers had pulled his squad car off of the east shoulder of the highway facing north; the vehicle’s emergency lighting was activated.

The 26-year-old Myers exited his patrol car and approached a 1991 Honda Accord, driven by Quinnell Gutwein, 61, of Lafayette.

While communicating with Gutwein, the deputy’s squad car was struck on its driver’s side by a northbound 1994 Ford Econoline, driven by 86-year-old Wesley C. Cook of Alexandria, Indiana.

Following the initial impact, Cook’s van continued onward, coming into contact with both the deputy and Gutwein’s passenger car, briefly pinning deputy Myers between the passenger car and van.

The impact resulted in Myers’ body tearing the driver’s side mirror off of Gutwein’s passenger car before he was thrown to the pavement.

Cook’s van continued northward for approximately 300 feet before coming to a stop on the east shoulder of the highway.

“I was standing at the driver’s window, talking to the lady. I don’t know what (Mr. Cook) was trying to do... he hit my squad car first, then skipped off of my squad car and hit me,” Myers recalled. “The passenger’s side mirror hit me in the back. I spun around and bounced off of the van that hit me, then I bounced off of the car I had stopped. I don’t think I have any broken bones, so I’m very, very lucky. I’m just very happy to be alive. I would say that having my bullet-proof vest on saved me from getting hurt worse.”

Myers was scheduled to revisit his physician today, Friday, where he hoped to learn the full extent of his injuries and any precautions he must take, including how much time he will be required to take off from work.

According to deputy Martin’s report, Cook had failed to observe the location of both deputy Myers’ squad car and Gutwein’s vehicle.

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