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September 6, 2013

Police: No evidence driver in deadly accident was intoxicated

ANDERSON, Ind. — On Friday, investigators said there is no evidence that a man who apparently caused a deadly accident Wednesday was intoxicated or otherwise impaired.

The two-vehicle head-on collision, which happened early Wednesday near Alexandria, claimed the lives of 37-year-old Oscar Cardenas and 59-year-old Antonio Perez and injured three others.

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Perez was driving a 1995 GMC Jimmy northbound on Indiana 9 near Madison County Road 1300 North about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday when the accident occurred. Riding with Perez was Cardenas, Daniel Dimas and Kyle Kress.

Eyewitnesses told sheriff’s department investigators that a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Lukas D. Green of Muncie was moving erratically as it traveled southbound on Indiana 9. The Cavalier reportedly crossed the center line of the road and slammed into Perez’s vehicle in what Sheriff Ron Richardson called “a very, very violent crash.”

According to Daniel Dimas’ brother Jo Dimas, the four left Anderson about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, heading for a farm near Marion where they were employed as laborers helping harvest tomatoes.

Seventeen-year-old Kress was treated for minor injuries and released Wednesday. As of Friday night, 35-year-old Dimas was still being treated for major facial injuries but was in stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Green, 29, is in extreme critical care at St. Vincent Indianapolis on 86th Street, and according to Madison County Sheriff’s Department Major Brian Bell, might not survive.

Bell said he’s heard accusations that Green was driving intoxicated, but his investigation team hasn’t found any evidence supporting that.

“I think that’s a lot of speculation from some people,” Bell said. “There’s no doubt [Green] crossed the center, we just don’t know why.”

The MCSD major also said he might not have Green’s toxicology report for three to six weeks.

In the meantime, the Dimas family is trying to make sense of the horrific accident. Daniel Dimas suffered a skull fracture and will require surgery. His father, Antonio Dimas, said he’s not sure when doctors will go forward with the surgery.

“Right now, they can’t, because his face is badly swollen,” Antonio said. “They tell us he’s going to recover, but it’s going to take time. We have to be patient.”

He also said he’s not sure what to think about the collision. So far, police have spoken to one family member about the accident, according to Antonio.

“If that was [Green’s] fault, then, OK, he paid for it,” he said. “If it’s an accident, then it’s an accident. We haven’t been told anything yet.”

Public records indicate Green has been convicted on two criminal charges. In 2002, he was arrested for consumption of alcohol by a minor, a misdemeanor. He pleaded guilty and served time on probation. In 2009, he was arrested and charged with driving while suspended, but that charge was later dropped and he instead pleaded guilty to a traffic infraction. In 2012, he was convicted for not having a valid license, a Class C misdemeanor.

On Friday, Bell said there was no indication Green was driving on a suspended license.

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