Good Samaritan pulls Edinburgh man from burning vehicle

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BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (June 8, 2015) – An Edinburgh man was injured in a fiery crash Sunday night.

According to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, officers were called to the scene of a single car vehicle crash on River Road in the area of 500 Nort.

On arrival, Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Kris Weisner saw a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro on its top on the west side of the roadway. The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and a male was lying on the grass.

The subject, later identified as Nathan D. Wilson, 28, Edinburgh, was complaining of back pain and he had visible injuries on or around his knees.

Sgt. Weisner also made contact with a witness who was also on the scene. The witness told Sgt. Weisner that he had observed Wilson’s vehicle southbound on 50 West when the vehicle left the roadway and drove into a field on the south side of 550 N and 50 W.  Wilson’s vehicle returned to the roadway south of River Road before it again left the roadway and caught fire.

The witness said when he saw Wilson inside the vehicle struggling to get out, he grabbed him and drug him from the burning vehicle. Wilson was the only occupant in the vehicle.

“Deputies often respond to dangerous situations because it’s our job it’s what we do.  This gentleman put his life on the line, without a second’s hesitation because it was the right thing to do.  In all probability, Mr. Wilson is alive today because this man stepped in and pulled him from his burning vehicle”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers.

Wilson was talking as EMS placed him in the ambulance and he said he remembered going off the roadway but did not know what caused him to do so.

An investigation later revealed that alcohol was a contributing factor. Also, Wilson was not wearing a seatbelt.

Deputy Matt Bush was assisting at the crash scene when he located a loaded Ruger .380 handgun in the field near the vehicle.  Wilson confirmed that it was his weapon.

Due to Mr. Wilson’s injuries, he was not incarcerated at that time.  Charges of OMVUI and Possession of a handgun without a permit are being forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office.

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