Safety Fine Dropped in Death of Indiana Deputy Sheriff

March 9, 2009

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration has dismissed its case against Monroe County in the death of a deputy struck by a car while directing traffic.

Indiana Department of Labor deputy commissioner Sean Keefer says the county will not have to pay a $4,500 fine because sheriff’s deputies will be required to wear reflective vests during specific situations.

Twenty-seven-year-old Deputy Sarah Jones was not wearing a reflective vest when struck by a sport-utility vehicle on Oct. 17 while directing nighttime traffic around an accident on Indiana 45 west of Bloomington. She died two days later.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Pershing said he was pleased that the case has been dismissed.


Information from: The Herald-Times,

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