Man identified after truck found in Plainfield pond

Tire tracks lead to a pond where a body was found in a submerged vehicle in Plainfield, Ind. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (WTHR/Clint Erbacher)
Danger around retention ponds
Driver of truck found in pond identified

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WTHR) — Plainfield police identified the man killed early Sunday morning when his truck ran into a neighborhood retention pond.

Police said Bryan Holder had a history of seizures and a heart condition.

The 45-year-old had just left home for work.

The accident occurred between 4 and 5 a.m.

There was nothing to stop Holder's pick up from plunging into 12 feet of water.

Like many communities, Plainfield does not require any safety fences or barriers.

Since 2008, four people have died in Plainfield's neighborhood retention ponds. There here have been numerous other close calls where vehicles ran into ponds and everyone inside survived.

The police department is so concerned, it used sonar to map more than 300 ponds. It hopes the information can help rescuers reach victims faster.

(Photo provided by Tim Woodley)

The town of Plainfield turned down an Eyewitness News request interview a municipal official about neighborhood retention ponds and any needs to improve safety.

In a written reply a town spokesperson said in part:

"The Town of Plainfield will work with any property owner as well as associations to obtain the proper planning and zoning guidelines for barriers or fences. It is up to the individual neighborhood, Home Owner's Associations and property owners who have lakes, retention ponds and other bodies of water to determine barriers on their private properties."

Faced with increasing numbers of retention pond deaths and accidents, the city of Westfield requires developers to build safety barriers around new retention ponds. Westfield also started a program to make existing ponds safer.

Plainfield police have ruled the death a tragic accident. They won't speculate as to whether it a tragedy a safety barrier could have prevented.

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