UPDATE: One dead in fatal Marshall County accident

By: Barbara Harrington Email
By: Barbara Harrington Email

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an accident that killed a Bourbon man early Saturday morning.

25-year-old Joel Stetzel was driving south in the 6000 block of Fir Road near Bremen when he lost control of his car, causing it to run off the road and roll over in a field. Stetzel was ejected and died instantly.

“We woke up at six and just looked out the back door and saw lots of cops and fire trucks out there,” said Bremen resident Connie Kost.

Kost says she’s surprised she hasn’t seen more accidents near her home because the stretch of Fir Road where the crash happened is notoriously slick.

“You just know since it’s a North-South road to drive a little bit slower,” Kost said. “Speed limit’s 55 miles-per-hour, but today I was driving much slower than that.”

Police don’t know at this time whether speed played a role in the accident, but say the road was covered in snow during the time of the crash.

Marshall County Coroner William Cleavenger is waiting for toxicology reports to come back, which is standard procedure with all fatal accidents.

Kost says the tragedy is a reminder that even a little bit of snow can cause a lot of damage.

“Slow down,” she said. “You never know when there's going to be black ice. And take your time. You don't want another accident. You don't want people to get hurt.”

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