Rear-Ending a Fire Truck Results in Fatality on I-70 in Indiana

30 December 2019
  Sgt. Matt Ames, Indiana State Police

A couple from Prescott Valley was driving in Indiana when they were in an accident.

Putnam County - Just after 8:00 a.m., on Sunday, December 29, 2019, the Cloverdale Fire Department in Indiana was responding to a single vehicle accident on Interstate 70 near the thirty-eight mile marker.  Upon arrival to the scene, fire department personnel positioned all emergency vehicles in the passing lane of I-70, with all emergency lights activated.

A 2019 Tesla, driven by a Derrick N. Monet, age 25, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, failed to observe the emergency vehicle positioned in the passing lane of I-70, running into the back of the parked fire truck.  Derrick Monet and a passenger, his wife, Jenna N. Monet, age 23, also of Prescott Valley, Arizona, received serious injuries from the impact.  Both occupants had to be extricated and were transported to the hospital for immediate medical care.  Jenna Monet later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. 

There were no injuries to firefighters. 

Senior Trooper Adam Edwards of the Putnamville State Police Post is the lead investigator, being assisted by Senior Trooper Tim Rader who will be conducting the reconstruction of the accident. 

Drugs and alcohol are not a contributing factor of the crash. 

Family members have been notified. 

Assisting Agencies: Troopers from the Putnamville State Police Post, Putnam County Operation Life, STAR Ambulance, Cloverdale Fire Department, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Curtis Wrecker Service. 


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