Driver Charged in Rudisel’s Death Turns Himself In

Carl William Burt, the man arrested for the death of local architect Mary Ellen Rudisel-Jordan, turned himself in after skipping his initial court date.
Burt, 63, of 7194 W. Crystal Lake Road, Warsaw, was arrested Dec. 3 for the July 18, 2013 fatal accident. His first court date was set for Dec. 7 in Wabash, but Burt did not appear. According to Wabash County prosecutors, Burt did come to a hearing on Dec. 14. The trial is set for April 12 at 9 a.m.
Burt struck Jordan’s vehicle July 19 at 3:03 p.m. while driving on Ind. 15 in Wabash, according to a 2013 press release from Wabash County Sheriff’s Department. The area was a posted no-passing zone north of CR 1400N.
Burt was injured in the accident and airlifted to Parkview Hospital, but Rudisel-Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene. Burt was later charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death and for reckless homicide.
Rudisel-Jordan served on the Warsaw Board of Zoning Appeals and designed renovations at city hall. Her architectural firm oversaw the new city hall renovations and the plaza work currently being done.

(Story By The Times Union)