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Leap from dad’s truck kills man, 21

– A 21-year-old man who jumped from a moving pickup truck during an argument with his father has died from his injuries, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.

Jerry Lee Charles Belcher was a passenger in the truck, a Dodge Ram quad cab driven by his father, the morning of Jan. 18. The two were headed to work, and they got into an argument that gradually intensified, police said.

While traveling north on County Road 800 West, south of Nappanee, Belcher suddenly opened the front passenger door and leapt from the truck. His father stopped right away, went back and found his son along the road. A third person in the truck’s back seat confirmed this version of events, police said.

Emergency workers were dispatched, and Belcher was taken to a hospital in critical condition. At the time, he was unconscious and had severe head injuries, police said.

Belcher, of Warsaw, died Monday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, police said. The Allen County Coroner’s Office ruled that he died from complications of a traumatic brain injury caused by blunt-force trauma suffered when he left the moving truck.

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