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Arrest Made After Fatal Crash

Jackson County Sheriff’s CSI Detective Bob Lucas releases follow-up after yearlong investigation.


Aaron M Greathouse age 17 of Seymour died 10/18/2015 in a two vehicle crash east of Brownstown. Greathouse was driving a 1987 Nissan Maxima, and was pronounced dead at the scene by Jackson County Coroner Roger Wheeler.


Greathouse collided with a 2004 Nissan Maxima on Jackson County Road 25 North, driven by

Caleb P. Cartmel age 21 of Westfield. Cartmel’s brother, Ian T Cartmel age 17, was a passenger. Both Cartmel brothers were treated at the scene and then airlifted to IU Health Indianapolis.


After a yearlong investigation the case was submitted to the Jackson County Prosecutor for review, and as a result of the investigation the following charges were filed against Caleb P. Cartmel.


  1. Reckless Homicide.  Level 5 Felony
  2. Operating Motor Vehicle Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death with Schedule 1 or 2 Substance.  Level 6 Felony


Lucas’ investigation revealed that Caleb Cartmel drove his vehicle left of center and struck the Greathouse vehicle head on. Both vehicles were a total loss. There were no passengers in the Greathouse vehicle.


Caleb Cartmel has been arrested in Delaware County. Cartmel will be transported to Jackson County for an initial hearing. The warrant states no bond has been issued for the defendant and a 96 hour hold applies after Cartmel is returned to Jackson County.


Sheriff Mike Carothers and Sgt. Stan Darlage turned the case over to Det. Lucas earlier this year.


Lucas was assisted at the scene by Darlage, Sheriff Carothers, Deputies Adam Nicholson and Dustin Steward, Reserve Deputies Greg Murphy and Eric Browalski, Brownstown Police, Brownstown Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County Ambulance, Coroner Roger Wheeler, and Indiana State Police SP Sgt. Mark Helms (Accident Reconstructionist)