Crash victim paralyzed from waist down

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) -The man who told police he was suicidal when he caused a crash in front of Canterbury Green apartments last week is in jail with no bond. The crash victim is in a medically induced coma and is now paralyzed from the waist down, according to court documents.

Police said 32-year-old Jeremiah Therkelsen purposely crashed his car into a car driven by Lamonta Green on February 7 in an attempt to kill himself. After the crash, Therkelsen got out of his car and punched another car’s windshield, causing it to shatter.

Green was taken to Parkview Hospital in critical condition. Police said as of February 9, Green was in a medically induced coma. He has a broken spine and was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the crash. Hospital officials said Green also suffered a “shearing injury” to his head, which may cause long-term complications.

Therkelsen told detectives that he got into a fight with his wife prior to the crash. He said he tried to kill himself twice.

“I closed my eyes and put my foot on the gas,” Therkelson said.

Jeremiah Therkelsen
Jeremiah Therkelsen

Therkelson said after he realized the impact of the crash didn’t kill him, he got out of his car and jumped in front of another car.

Therkelson also admitted to the detective that he did not try to help Green after the crash.

On Friday, a judge authorized no bond for Therkelson.

Initially, Therkelson was facing three charges. He now faces the following charges:

  • Aggravated Battery (injury causes protracted loss or impairment), a class B felony
  • Criminal Recklessness – Use of Deadly Weapon/Inflicts SBI on another, a class C felony
  • Crim Recklessness – Inflicts Serious Bodily Injury on another, a class D felony
  • Failure to Return to Scene of Accident Resulting in SBI or Defendant has Prior, a class D felony
  • Criminal Mischief – Pecuniary Loss At Least $250 But Less Than $2,500, a class A misdemeanor

Therkelson will be in court on Tuesday.

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