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Fatal ORV accident in Monroe County

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal off-road vehicle (ORV) accident.

The accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday night, near the 1400 block of Cedar Bluff Road in Bloomington.

David Deckard Jr., 37, of Bloomington, was operating a four-wheeler on private property in a wooded area. For reasons not yet known, Deckard lost control and was thrown off the vehicle, receiving head and chest injuries.

Deckard was transported by ambulance to Bloomington Hospital for treatment. He was pronounced dead early this morning as a result of his injuries.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated. The victim was not wearing a helmet or proper safety equipment. Indiana Conservation Officers stress safe operation of ORVs and the use of proper protective equipment such as helmets.

Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Monroe County Medics, and Monroe Fire Protection District.

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