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Driver faces felony charge after paralyzing man in collision


– A Fort Wayne man who crashed his vehicle into another car last week, paralyzing the other driver, now faces an additional felony aggravated battery charge.

On Feb. 7, Jeremiah E. Therkelsen drove his 1995 Honda Accord into the rear of a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria on St. Joe Road near Canterbury Drive, according to court documents.

Lamonta Green, the driver of the Crown Victoria, was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Green suffered a broken spine and is paralyzed from the waist down, court documents said.

Green was placed in a drug-induced coma and has a shearing injury to his head that could have long-term complications, the documents said.

After the crash, Therkelsen, 32, attempted to leave the area and struck a 2002 Ford Escort with his fist, breaking the windshield. He also ripped the driver's side mirror off that vehicle, according to court documents.

Therkelsen later told police he had an argument with his wife and had tried to kill himself twice – the first time by driving her vehicle into the back of the Crown Victoria and then again by trying to jump in front of a moving vehicle, according to court documents.

Therkelsen, of the 2600 block of Abbey Drive, was formally charged Thursday with felony aggravated battery, two counts of criminal recklessness and failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.

He was being held at the Allen County Jail without bail.

Therkelsen was on courtesy probation in Allen County after being convicted in 2009 of homicide by vehicle in Chatham County, Ga., according to court documents.