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Police: Man lied about crash that killed Purdue student

Police said a man that claimed to be a passenger in the crash, was actually the driver.

Posted: May. 17, 2018 4:44 AM
Updated: May. 17, 2018 11:43 AM

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — An arrest has been made in a 2016 crash that killed a Purdue University student. Police said a man that claimed to be a passenger in the crash was actually the driver.

Related: Sheriff's office: Alcohol may have played a role in fatal Boone Co. crash

The crash happened on County Road 300 South, west of U.S. 421 in Boone County in October of 2016, and the sheriff's office has been investigating ever since.

On Wednesday, police arrested 22-year-old Jack Kaplan of Zionsville. It's more than a year and a half after the crash that killed 21-year-old James Dupler, a former Purdue student.

The sheriff's office said both Kaplan and Dupler were found outside of the SUV when first responders arrived.

Kaplan told officers he was the passenger and Dupler was the driver.

Police investigated, and they say Kaplan called his father before dialing 911 and was at the crash site for nearly an hour before first responders got there. They also said he had injuries that suggested he was actually behind the wheel.

Dupler died at St. Vincent Hospital.

His family released this statement in response to Kaplan's arrest:
“Our family would like to sincerely thank the tireless efforts of the Boone County Investigative Team in finding the truth
and honoring James' memory. There is hope in Jesus, and a measure of peace in knowing the truth. We would also like
to thank our family, friends, and Trader's Point Christian Church for their love and continued prayers of support.”
- The Duplers

Kaplan's charges include reckless homicide and causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
He has already bonded out of jail.

No hearing date has been set yet for the case. We'll continue to follow this story.

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