Mastin fighting for life as Locker is laid to rest

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HANCOCK COUNTY — Officials with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department (HCSD) said the Greenfield teenager, Cody Mastin, who was involved in a horrific vehicle accident Nov. 26, is still in critical condition at Methodist Hospital.

The crash involved one vehicle, a 2007 Chevy Silverado driven by Mastin, 18. The female passenger, Lindsay Locker, 17, of Knightstown, an Eastern Hancock High School senior, was also in the truck, but died at the scene.

Cody’s mother, Machelle Poindexter, has been keeping the community up to date on her son’s condition, noting while there appears to be little improvement, her son is fighting to get better. Poindexter posted that her son, who has multiple injuries including brain injuries, had surgery Monday and everything went according to schedule.

“He’s still very sedated,” she wrote on her social media post. “We are letting him rest and that’s hard because we just want to be in there holding his hand.”

Poindexter went on to thank everyone in the community who has reached out, shared posts and checked on her son.

“I know I’m not responding but it’s hard staying on this phone,” she wrote. “Just know I do see them, read them and appreciate it so much! The stories of how much Cody has touched some of your lives has brought me to tears! Keep your prayers going!”

Earlier this week, she let everyone know that not much has changed in her son’s condition since he was brought into the hospital some 11 days ago.

“Got a few new movements,” she said on Sunday’s post. “He seemed to not want to let go of my hand. Putting in a tracheal tube and feeding tube tomorrow.”

Her most difficult post came earlier in the week when she wrote her son remains in bad shape.

“MRI scan came back pretty quick and confirmed what we had already assumed. The nerves in his brain, some are sheared,” Poindexter wrote. “They tell me Cody will never be the Cody he was before. They tell me he might not walk, feed himself or even wake up.”

However, she posted early Thursday morning her son had opened his eyes Wednesday and turned his head several times during the day and was even squeezing her hand. She then asked for people to continue praying for her son.

Friends of the family have started a GoFundMe account to help raise money to help pay for expenses as Mastin remains in critical care at Methodist Hospital. Anyone wishing to donate can visit, https://gofund.me/b0f7c9a7 for the cause.

While Poindexter is going through her own trials, she’s asked people to please not forget the Locker family, which lost Lindsay in the crash. A GoFundMe account has also been set up for her family at www.gofundme.com/lindsay-locker.

The Locker family laid Lindsay to rest this week. A funeral service and burial was held Tuesday with burial at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Lindsay was an active member of Hancock County 4-H where she was a 10-year Swine Club Member. She participated in the 4-H Queens Pageant the last two years and was in the Blue River Guys & Gals 4-H Club. Lindsay also participated in cheerleading for the last 13 years and was a varsity cheerleader at Eastern Hancock High School. She was also the FFA secretary at Eastern Hancock. Those who knew her best say she liked helping children through the Boys & Girls Club after-school program and was a passionate animal lover. She was on track to becoming a vet tech. She loved spending time and making memories with her family and friends, who will miss her infectious smile and witty personality, loved ones said.

Officials noted in the crash report that neither of the teenagers were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred on a rainy afternoon. Officials from the HCSD say their thoughts are with the families, and they want to remind all drivers to wear seat belts and slow down at all times, but especially during rain or slick conditions.