ORV accident claims Celestine man’s life

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share that we lost one of our own yesterday, March 30th. Keith Thewes, a...

Posted by Celestine Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, March 31, 2020


From Local Sources

CELESTINE — Authorities say a Celestine man died of injuries sustained in an off-road vehicle crash Monday southeast of Celestine.

Keith Thewes, 55, Celestine, was transported from the scene of the crash but later succumbed at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, according to Department of Natural Resources conservation officers.

Conservation officers say Thewes was operating an ORV along a ditch line at the time of the accident. He was found by a family members on private property off County Road 820E, about a half-mile south of State Road 164.

County dispatch was notified of an ORV rollover with entrapment at 3:18 p.m.

Lifesaving efforts were started on scene before Thewes was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Conservation officers say Thewes had been spraying weeds on his property. A sharp change in elevation along the ditch line is believed to be the primary cause of the ORV accident.

The Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Office and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

The DNR said the Dubois County fatality was the second deadly ORV accident in three days. A 37-year-old Bloomington man was pronounced dead at a Bloomington hospital Saturday morning after being thrown from his ORV on private property in a wooded area off Cedar Bluff Road in Bloomington at 9:30 p.m. Friday. He suffered head and chest injuries.

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