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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Man Dies After Crashing Motorcycle into Back of Semitrailer

Crete, IN (March 31, 2021) - A Cedar Lake man has died after he crashed his motorcycle into the back of a semitrailer earlier this month while traveling on Interstate 394, police said. Richard Gruenwald, 61, was pronounced dead about 8:21 p.m. Monday at the University of Chicago Medical Center, though the crash occurred March 12, Cook County medical examiner's office records show. The manner of Gruenwald's death was listed as pending Wednesday.

Gruenwald, at about 5:20 a.m. March 12, was driving southbound on I-394 at Richton just south of Richton Road when he crashed into the back of a semi traveling in the same direction, Crete Police Chief Scott Pieritz said. Gruenwald was conscious and responsive at the scene and told police he was wearing his helmet and might have fallen asleep before striking the semi. Neither the semi or its driver were at the scene when officers arrived, Pieritz said.

Responders with the Crete Fire Department arrived to the scene and gave Gruenwald medical aid before transporting him to a nearby hospital. He was later transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Pieritz said the crash was handled as an injury accident because Gruenwald was conscious and speaking. Illinois State Police would have been called to handle reconstruction had it been a fatal crash at the time of the call, he added. An investigation is ongoing.

Source: Northwestern Times  

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Motorcyclist Stable After Being Hit by Pickup Truck

Kendallville, IN (March 30, 2021) - A Wolcottville man was listed in stable condition early Tuesday afternoon following a motorcycle-pickup crash which occurred Monday on Lisbon Road. Lonnie Gibson Jr., 32, of the 300 block of South Main Street, Wolcottville was airlifted to an area hospital by Samaritan helicopter following the crash.

Gibson was riding the motorcycle which was allegedly struck from behind at 3:29 p.m. Monday by a pickup driven by Kriss E. Bauman, 34, of the 5300 block of North C.R. 400E, Kendallville. The crash occurred on Lisbon Road, just west of S.R. 3.

Bauman was arrested at the scene and booked into the Noble County Jail on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness (aggressive driving involving serious bodily injury), a Level 6 felony. Bauman was being held without bond.

Noble County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Mowery said Tuesday his office has 48 hours from the time of Bauman’s arrest to either file charges or to hold an ex-parte hearing requesting the judge grant an additional 72 hours for determination of charges.

Mowery said the investigation into the circumstances of the collision was ongoing and he had not determined which course of action to take.

Source: The News Sun

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Waverly Motorcycle Crash Kills One

Morgan County, Indiana (March 10, 2021) - A person died Wednesday after a motorcycle crash in Morgan County, according to the Bargersville Fire Department. The crash took place on Waverly Park Road, south of Waverly. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.

Bargersville Deputy Fire Chief Michael Pruitt said the crash involves a motorcycle with one rider only.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

One Hospitalized After Motorcycle Wreck

Evansville, IN (March 6, 2021) – One person was taken to the hospital after a crash involving a vehicle and motorcycle on the city’s South Side just before 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

Emergency crews were called to the intersection of East Riverside and South Alvord Blvd on reports of an accident with injury.

The Evansville Police Department said both drivers involved are believed to have non-life threatening injuries. It’s unclear what led up to the crash and detectives are still investigating.