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Man high on meth arrested in deadly Notre Dame pedestrian crash

Donald Culpepper, Mugshot: St. Joseph County Jail

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Police recently arrested a man for his involvement in a deadly pedestrian crash in September of last year. According to charging documents, 33-year-old Donald Culpepper was high on meth and pot when he hit a 67-year-old man who was crossing the street in a crosswalk at Eddy Street Commons. The arrest comes after toxicology results from a blood draw confirmed Culpepper was under the influence of drugs.

The victim, Thomas "Tom" Keyser, had just attended a Notre Dame football game when Culpepper hit him with his car on September 10th, 2022. Keyser, who is from Wimberley, Texas, died 7 days later from a head injury sustained in the crash.

Thomas Keyser, Photo: Legacy.com

Culpepper, who is from Michigan City, has a criminal history going back 15 years. According to court records, he's been arrested for driving under the influence 4 times. His criminal history also includes Dealing in a Controlled Substance (B Felony 2013); Escape (D Felony 2013); Resisting Law Enforcement (A Misdemeanor 2010); Receiving Stolen Property (D Felony 2010); Conversion (A Misdemeanor 2009); Burglary (B Felony 2008); and Illegal
Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage (C Misdemeanor 2008).

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