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Friday, April 30, 2021

Dogs Cause Crash and Injures Motorcyclist

Dekalb County, IN (April 30, 2021) - Two dogs ran in front of a motorcycle Wednesday afternoon causing a crash and injuries to the motorcycle driver.

At approximately 1:05 p.m., officers with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the 600 block of S.R. 327 for a motorcycle crash. Responding officers report that Keith Reinig, 65, of LaGrange, was driving a Kawasaki motorcycle southbound when two dogs ran into the roadway and were hit by the motorcycle.
Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department

In an attempt to slow down, Reinig hit the brakes causing a skid and fell off the motorcycle, the press release said.

Officers report that Reinig was transported to an area hospital for leg, ribs and elbow injuries. Both dogs had minor injures and did not need to be treated.

The owner of the two dogs was found and cited for not containing the animals on the property, the press release said.

Source: Wane

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Motorcyclist and Passenger Injured in U.S. 31 Crash

Bartholomew County, IN (April 28, 2021) - A motorcyclist was injured and a passenger seriously hurt in a crash on U.S. 31 Tuesday afternoon.

Bartholomew County deputies say that a motorcycle driven by 53-year-old Tony G. Michael of North Vernon failed to slow for traffic on U.S. 31 just south of County Road 100S at about 3:56 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

After losing control, the motorcycle skidded for about 75 feet before finally coming to a stop. Michael and a female passenger were both thrown from the bike and neither was wearing a helmet, deputies say.

Michael was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital by ambulance while the passenger was flown by medical helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital.

UPDATE: CR 600 S remains closed. US 31 remains open. One person has been transported to Columbus Regional Hospital One...

Posted by Sheriff Matt Myers on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Interstate Crash

Dearborn County, IN (April 24, 2021) - A man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Friday on I-74 eastbound in southeast Indiana, police said.

The crash happened at about 12:19 p.m. near the 162-mile marker, according to a Dearborn County Sheriff's Office release. The mile marker is west of the Indiana State Road 1 exit for St. Leon, which is a little over 30 miles from Downtown Cincinnati.

A Harley Davidson motorcycle left the roadway and entered the grassy median, police said. The motorcycle rider, who had lost control, was thrown from the bike while in the grassy median, police said.

A 61-year-old man from Joliet, Illinois, the only person on the motorcycle, was taken by Air Care to the University of Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center with serious injuries.

On April 23rd, 2021 at approximately 12:19pm, the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of I74...

Posted by Dearborn County Sheriff's Office on Friday, April 23, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021

Man Arrested in 2019 Fatal Motorcycle Wreck

Angola, IN (April 23, 2021) - A man who allegedly struck and killed a 62-year-old man from Orland in an April 2019 crash has been charged with Level 4 felony operating while intoxicated causing death.

Wesley L. Teller, 32, Bronson, Michigan, was arrested on Thursday after turning himself in to the Steuben County Jail. A warrant seeking Teller’s arrest has been in force for nearly a year out of Steuben Superior Court. Teller bonded out of jail on Thursday. Bail was $10,000.

The incident stems from a crash on April 8, 2019. Larry A. Wateska, Orland, was traveling westbound on S.R. 120 on a 1999 Suzuki motorcycle when a 1997 Dodge pickup truck driven by Teller pulled out from C.R. 300W after coming to a required stop, said court documents attested by Indiana State Police Trooper Carmyn Hottell.

Wateska steered his motorcycle to the north but was unable to completely avoid colliding with the front of the truck. After impact, Wateska, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by then-Steuben County Coroner Bill Harter. Teller was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.

At the time, drugs and alcohol were not considered a factor in the crash. However, toxicology results indicated Teller was under the influence of marijuana and methamphetamine, court records say.

An arrest warrant was filed more than a year later, in June 2020. Court records do not list an attorney for Teller. No other court dates have been set.

Source: The Herald Republican 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Man Airlifted After Motorcycle Accident

Guilford, IN (April 16, 2021) - A Guilford man was injured in a single occupant motorcycle crash on Thursday afternoon. Dearborn County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash in the 7900 block of North Dearborn Road around 4:20 p.m.

According to Sheriff Shane McHenry, the driver of the motorcycle left the roadway and was thrown from the vehicle. The 51-year-old male was airlifted to UC Medical Center with unknown injuries.

No other information has been provided at this time. Assisting at the scene were Sunman Fire and EMS.

Source: Dearborn County Sheriff's Office

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Two Seriously Injured Following Motorcycle Accident

Jacksonville, FL (April 15, 2021) - Two people from Indiana were seriously injured after they fell over the edge of the Acosta Bridge following a motorcycle accident, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said the driver failed to negotiate a turn, causing the crash. The driver and the passenger fell about 30 feet onto a grassy area.

Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash according to JFRD.

A crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol identifies the driver as a 48-year-old man from Indianapolis, Indiana. He is listed in critical condition.

The passenger is a 46-year-old woman from Beech Grove, Indiana. She is listed in serious condition. Names are being withheld at this time. 

Source: First Coast News

Monday, April 12, 2021

Motorcyclist Dies in Head-On Collision

Chesterton, IN (April 12, 2021) - A LaPorte, Indiana man died Sunday evening when his motorcycle collided with an SUV on North Calumet Road near the intersection of Ind. 49, according to officials.

The deceased was identified by the Porter County coroner's office as 32-year-old Justin Barnes, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A motorcyclist riding just ahead of Barnes told police the pair were riding southbound on Ind. 49 after having left the Denny's restaurant in Portage and were turning south on to North Calumet Road about 7:30 p.m., police said.

The other motorcyclist said he saw the collision with Barnes in his rear view mirrors and returned to attempt resuscitation.

The 76-year-old driver of the SUV who collide with Barnes told police he was driving northbound on North Calumet Road at 42 mph toward his Chesterton home when Barnes' motorcycle veered into his lane, police said. The driver said he could not avoid the head-on collision.

The driver of the SUV was found to have no intoxicants in his system, and his wife, who was a passenger, was taken to the hospital for back pain, police said.

Police said they were told an autopsy would be done to determine if there were any intoxicants in Barnes' system. The other motorcyclist told police he was not aware of Barnes consuming any alcohol or drugs.

Source: NWI Times

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Bedford

Bedford, IN (April 12, 2021) - A Clarksville, Indiana man was seriously injured after the motorcycle he was operating collided with a vehicle Friday afternoon at the intersection of 16th and R streets.

According to a Bedford Police report, 78-year-old Danny Dalton, of Bedford, was traveling South on R Street and stopped at a stop sign at the intersection. He then attempted to turn left onto 16th Street.

At the same time, 29-year-old Wesley Epperson, of Clarksville, was reportedly “popping over a hill traveling westbound on 16th Street” on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Police say the two vehicles collided in the intersection. Dalton told police he believed Epperson was traveling at a high-rate of speed because he said “it came out of nowhere”.

Police say Epperson was barely conscious and could not tell officers what happened. Epperson suffered severe head injures and possible internal injuries. He was transported by a Seals ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment. He was then flown by helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Dalton was not injured. Both drivers submitted to blood tests which is standard procedure. Those results are pending.

Source: WBIW

Friday, April 9, 2021

Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash in New Palestine

New Palestine, IN (April 9, 2021) - An Indianapolis man, Robert Schultz, was injured in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night, April 7, in the 5500 block of U.S. 52 in New Palestine, Indiana.

Police said the Schultz had passed a semi-trailer truck heading west, then crashed into the back of another vehicle also heading west.

Schultz, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered some head trauma and was taken to a hospital. No one else was injured. Investigators are awaiting results of toxicology tests before completing the investigation.

Source: Daily Reporter

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash Near Muncie

Muncie, IN (April 8, 2021) - A man from Modoc, Indiana was killed late Wednesday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a semi truck on U.S. 35 southeast of Muncie. Rick Howell of the Delaware County Coroner said Matthew Ansin, age 26, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, in the 7700 block of South U.S. 35, north of Delaware County Road 500-S.

According to sergeant Stash Hellis, of the Delaware County Sheriff's Department, the motorcyclist was southbound when he crossed the center line and collided with the northbound semi truck around 5:30 p.m. Police pointed out that he was not wearing a helmet. The semi driver, whose name was not available, was not injured.

Efforts were made to resuscitate the Ansin, and there were discussions in the immediate wake of the crash about having a medical helicopter fly to the scene. Scanner traffic indicated shortly before 5:50 p.m., authorities at the scene asked that Howell be notified.

The coroner said an autopsy would likely be conducted Thursday at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Man in Critical Condition After Motorcycle Crash

Hancock County, IN (April 7, 2021) - The accident happened Tuesday, April 6. at the intersection of Mt. Comfort Road and County Road 900N in McCordsville, Indiana. The man, who has yet to be identified, was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle.

The crash involved a 2002 Suzuki motorcycle and a 2017 Jeep Patriot. The Jeep was traveling northbound on Mt. Comfort Road, and the motorcycle was traveling southbound, Capt. Robert Harris of the Sheriff’s Department said. Evidence at the scene indicates the Jeep turned into the path of the motorcycle.

The drivers were the only people involved in the crash. The juvenile driver of the Jeep was not injured and has cooperated with police, submitting to a chemical test due to the serious nature of the crash, Harris said.

The name of the driver of the Jeep is not being released since the person is a juvenile. Officers are working to identify the motorcyclist and notify his family. His name will be released after his identity is confirmed and family has been notified of his condition. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor, but the investigation is ongoing. 

Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Valparaiso Man Dead After Motorcycle Crash

La Porte County, IN (April 6, 2021) - One man is dead and another is injured after a motorcycle crash in La Porte County. On Saturday, police say a group of around 60 motorcyclists were traveling south on County Road 400 West in Noble Township, preparing to turn right onto County Road 1000 South.

Nicholas Kolosci, 61, swerved left, then right, and was thrown off his motorcycle. Robert Shepard, a 60-year-old from Valparaiso, then hit Kolosci’s motorcycle.

Shepard was thrown from his motorcycle and died of his injuries. Kolosci was transported to the hospital. A crash investigation is underway.

DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH On April 3, 2021, at 4:02 PM, deputies were summoned to the intersection...

Posted by La Porte County Sheriff's Office on Monday, April 5, 2021

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Deadly Motorcycle Crash in Warrick County

Boonville, IN (April 4, 2021) - The Warrick County Coroner says a woman is dead after a motorcycle accident on Sunday. The single-vehicle accident happened on State Road 261 just west of Boonville, Indiana.

The coroner says the identity of the victim is not being released at this time. We will update this story once more information is available.