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One critical after crash

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Putnam County man is in critical condition following an early Friday accident on U.S. 40 east of Manhattan Road.

Drew Christy, Fillmore, underwent emergency surgery at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and remains in the neurocritical care unit as of Friday night.

Sgt. Tom Helmer of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department reports that Christy was the lone occupant of a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder that went off the highway some time around 1:15 a.m.

Helmer said a family member told him that Christy had just finished a semester at Rose-Hulman Institute in Terre Haute and was driving home to Fillmore early Friday.

Helmer reported the vehicle hit black ice and went off the road about 3,000 feet east of Manhattan Road. The Nissan slid across the shoulder and a ditch and hit a large tree on the south side of the road. The impact occurred in the driver's side door, resulting in serious head and chest injuries to Christy, who was trapped in the vehicle.

A passing motorist reported the accident, Helmer said. No one witnessed the accident, but evidence shows there was a major impact with the tree.

A Reelsville firefighter was the first person on the scene, and he found Christy trapped and unresponsive. Washington Township and Greencastle firefighters extricated Christy from the vehicle. He was taken to Putnam County Hospital via Operation Life ambulance, and later transported via ambulance to Methodist Hospital. Helmer said due to the poor weather conditions, it was not possible to transport Christy via medical helicopter.

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Our church and our family is praying for you Drew. The Christy's & Schimpf's will be in our hearts tonight.

-- Posted by angelaherrington on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 5:32 PM

The Eitel's are praying for you Drew. We have activated prayer chains in Marshall and surrounding communities.

-- Posted by feitel9000 on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 5:50 PM

We were so sadened to hear this. Our family's hearts and prayers are with your family.

The Cliffords

-- Posted by cliffordfarms on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 10:36 PM

We are praying for Drew as well as the Christy and Schimpf families.

-- Posted by Buck & Barb on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 2:57 AM

There are prayer chains all over for Drew and his family. What a terrible tragedy but God is with him.

-- Posted by bannerstuff on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 7:05 AM

Heartfelt thoughts and prayers have been with Drew, as well as The Christy and Schimpf Families, since the initial news was received.

-- Posted by morton on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 7:15 AM

We are praying for all of you. Drew is strong and God will watch over him.

We love you Drew, Debbi, Mark & Kayla.

The Oliver Family

-- Posted by ladycubs on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 7:46 AM

As a parent my heart ached at the news of Drew's accident. Our thoughts & prayers are with Drew and his family.

The Terry's

-- Posted by sincere on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 7:52 AM

Our hearts go out to the Christy family. Drew and his family are in our thoughts and many prayers.

The Searles

-- Posted by searlesl on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 8:15 AM

We are in constant prayer for your families. God give you comfort and strength during this horrific time.

Much love, Winnie (Arnold) Schwinghammer & Family

-- Posted by winnie18337 on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 9:12 AM

We are praying for good news.

The Wards

-- Posted by sward on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 11:40 AM

Our family will be praying for this young man and his family.

The Fleming's

-- Posted by WONDER on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 11:44 AM

We are praying for Drew and the entire Christy family.

-The Watkins family

"The LORD bless you and keep you, The LORD make His face shine upon you,and be gracious to you, The LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26

-- Posted by Watkinsfamily on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 1:29 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Christy and Schimpf families.

-- Posted by rmiller on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 5:14 PM

Our family, church and friends across the country are in prayer.

-- Posted by hopperbc on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 6:28 PM

Adam, his brother John and I are praying for you Drew. My heart deeply aches for you all. Maggie Somerall

-- Posted by someralm@bellsouth.net on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 8:43 PM

All of you friends and our families are praying for you Drew. We love you and your family. We are keeping you all in our thoughts.

-- Posted by savagea on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 12:39 PM

Keep track of Drew's progress at:


enter name: drewchristy (one word)

-- Posted by BGreader on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 4:03 PM

We are praying for you every day and know that God will watch over you. You are a child of His and He wants whats best for y ou.

-- Posted by rwehr1 on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 6:24 AM

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