Man faces reckless homicide charge


A Westfield man has been charged with reckless homicide in connection with the death of a 17-year-old Seymour boy in a wreck more than a year ago, police report.

Caleb Patterson Cartmel, 22, who was being held in the Delaware County Jail in Muncie on Friday, also faces a charge of operating a motor vehicle while causing serious bodily injury or death, according to a news release from Detective Bob Lucas with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The charges against Cartmel stem from a yearlong investigation into a wreck Oct. 18, 2015, east of Brownstown that left Aaron M. Greathouse dead. Greathouse died when the 1987 Nissan he was driving east in the 2100 block of East County Road 25N was involved in a wreck with a 2004 Nissan driven west by Cartmel, who was 21 at the time.

Lucas said the investigation showed that speed was a factor in the wreck and that Cartmel tested positive for marijuana and was driving left of center at the time of the wreck.

Cartmel and his younger brother, Ian T. Cartmel, both were flown to IU Health in Indianapolis. Greathouse was reportedly on his way to visit a girlfriend, while the Cartmels were in the area to visit relatives, police said at the time.

Caleb Cartmel will be brought to Brownstown, where he will be held in the Jackson County Jail pending his initial hearing, Lucas said.

Reckless homicide is a Level 5 felony punishable by one to six years in prison upon conviction.

The wreck initially was investigated by county Officer Stan Darlage, who was assisted by Sheriff Michael Carothers.

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