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Monday, May 31, 2021

Motorcyclist Killed in Bartholomew County

Bartholomew County, IN (May 31, 2021) - A motorcyclist is dead following a crash in Bartholomew County, Indiana. 

According to the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office, the crash happened in the 14000 block of South Jonesville Road near County Round 850 around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. 

The department says a motorcycle collided with a delivery truck. Sterling Wessel, 30, who was on the motorcycle, was killed.

The fatal crash remains under investigation.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Motorcyclist Killed in New Albany Crash

New Albany, IN (May 30, 2021) - A 23-year-old man riding a motorcycle was killed Saturday afternoon in a crash in New Albany, according to police.

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey said in a news release that emergency crews responded about 1:34 p.m. Saturday to a reported crash involving a car and motorcycle on Corydon Pike near Eagle Lane.

Officers found a Kia Soul and Yamaha motorcycle that had been involved in a crash.

The rider of the motorcycle, 23-year-old Christopher Cupp, was taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead as a result of injuries suffered in the crash, according to Bailey.

The driver of the Kia was taken to Baptist Health Floyd with non-life-threatening injuries, Bailey added.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the crash but believe the Kia was turning from Eagle Lane onto Corydon Pike while the motorcycle was headed north on Corydon Pike at a "high rate of speed," Bailey said.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Motorcycle Crashes Into Vehicle Doing U-Turn

Nashville IN (May 27, 2021) - A 63-year-old Orleans man was injured while riding his motorcycle in Brown County on May 24 when he collided with a vehicle that did a U-turn in front of him.

Vance Faulkenberg, 100, of Martinsville, was driving east on State Road 46 West near Todds Trace when he made a U-turn on 46 West to go west, an accident report by Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Bowling states.

Billy Penn was driving west on the motorcycle and told police he could not stop in time before striking the rear of Faulkenberg’s vehicle, the accident report states. Faulkenberg continued west and stopped at Rustic Cove Apartments to check his vehicle before continuing west, the report states.

An Indiana State Police Trooper found Faulkenberg pulled off the road in Monroe County. When the trooper stopped to check on him, Faulkenberg said he thought a motorcycle had hit his vehicle. The trooper brought Faulkenberg back to Rustic Cove Apartments so Bowling could complete his investigation, according to the report.

Faulkenberg was not injured and refused treatment at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt. Penn had an abrasion on his hip and upper leg. He was taken to a hospital. He was wearing a helmet.

Source: Brown County Democrat 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Man Fleeing Police on Motorcycle Dies After Crash

Parke County, IN (May 26, 2021) - A man was killed in a motorcycle crash early Wednesday morning after fleeing from a Parke County Sheriff's deputy while attempting a traffic stop.

According to the deputy, he attempted to pull over the motorcycle in the area of US Hwy 36 and State Road 59. Instead of stopping, the driver accelerated at a high rate of speed causing the deputy to lose sight of the motorcycle.

While checking the area, the deputy located debris in the roadway at US 36 and Seip Road. He then found the motorcycle and driver laying in a ditch. The deputy attempted lifesaving treatment until other emergency personnel arrived at the scene; however, the driver was pronounced dead.

No names are being released at this time.

Source: Wabash Valley

Monday, May 24, 2021

Motorcyclist Killed after Being Hit by Car

Crawford County, IN (May 24, 2021) - The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department responded to an injury accident at the intersection of State Road 164 and Dillard Road, Saturday around 4:13 p.m. The accident left a Bedford man dead and his wife battling for her life.

According to police, the driver of a white Chevy Cavalier was traveling east on State Road 164 prior to turning North onto Dillard Road. The motorcycle driver Michael Parker and his wife who was a passenger, Charity Parker, both from Bedford, were traveling West on State Road 164.

The driver of the Chevy reportedly did not see the motorcycle approaching prior to making the turn until the moment of the accident. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.

Witnesses reported the driver of the white Chevy Cavalier turned into the traffic lane directly in front of the motorcycle. Two juveniles were in the Chevy at the time of the accident, one suffering minor injuries. The driver and passenger of the motorcycle were ejected and suffered life-threatening injuries.

Michael Parker, the motorcycle driver, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife and passenger, Charity Parker, suffered serious injuries and was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital after being treated at the scene by EMS. The Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers to be cautious and alert for motorcyclists on the roadways.

Woman Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Logansport, IN (May 24, 2021) - Kelsie Biltz, 26, was pronounced dead at Logansport Memorial Hospital after being taken there by ambulance. The crash happened about 10:13 p.m. at the intersection of Indiana 25 and County Road 525 North.

According to police reports, Greg Duval, 61, of rural Logansport was driving a 2010 Ford Escort south on Indiana 25 and turning east on to 525 North. Biltz was driving a 2016 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle north on 25, heading towards the intersection and Duval’s vehicle. She hit his Escort on the passenger side as it was turning. Duval was not injured in the crash.

The intersection was closed for about three hours while crash reconstruction units from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Logansport Police Department investigated. The sheriff’s office is still investigating the crash asks that anyone with additional information call 574-753-7800.

Agencies assisting the sheriff’s department at the scene included the Logansport Police Department, Logansport Fire Department, Twelve Mile Fire Department, Harrison Township Fire Department, Cass County Emergency Management Agency, Phoenix Ambulance Service and the Cass County Coroner’s Office.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Motorcycle Crash Victim Speaks Out

Jacksonville, FL (May 21, 2021) - Tracy Norris suffered life-altering injuries when she was involved in a motorcycle crash that took the life of her boyfriend, Billy Kinser. The Florida Highway Patrol said the motorcycle went over the side of the Acosta Expressway ramp in April.

Norris has spent the last 36 days in a hospital recovering from the crash. The worst part, she says, was not having the chance to say goodbye to her boyfriend. Norris says the crash that killed her generous and loving boyfriend is a blur.

Norris and Kinser were riding his blue Yamaha motorcycle on Interstate 95. Troopers said Kinser failed to make a curve, hitting a wall and causing the bike to fall over the side of the Acosta Expressway ramp. Ten days after the crash, Kinser died from his injuries.Troopers said neither Norris or Kinser were wearing helmets.

Norris has several broken bones, bleeding in her brain, is in a wheelchair and will live with chronic pain for the rest of her life. She and Kinser moved to Jacksonville from Indiana in February, hoping to start a new life together.

Norris said she is leaving the hospital Friday and will go back to Indiana with her family. She said Kinser leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter and a son in his 20's.

Source: New4Jax

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Motorcyclist in Intensive Care After Crash

Laotto, IN (May 18, 2021) - A crash triggered by “road rage” left a motorcycle rider hospitalized in critical condition Monday, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department said.

Jeffrey Clingerman, 28, of Columbia City was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne and placed in the intensive care unit with head trauma and a wrist injury, police said.
Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department

Clingerman was traveling north on S.R. 3 at DeKalb C.R. 62 at a high rate of speed at 5:25 p.m., a news release said. He braked abruptly, causing him to eject from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered his injuries as a result of being ejected.

The crash was caused by a “road rage” incident involving another vehicle and driver, a police report said. A sheriff’s deputy said Clingerman decided to slam on his brakes when he became irritated with the other driver for an unknown reason. Police were unable to question Clingerman because he was in intensive care, the deputy said.

Clingerman also allegedly had a suspended license and no motorcycle endorsement, police said.

Parkview DeKalb EMS the LaOtto Fire Department and Indiana State Police assisted county police.

Motorcyclist Dies in Crash

Kendallville, IN (May 18, 2021) - A motorcyclist was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Angling Road shortly after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The Noble County Sheriff's Department, Kendallville Police Department and Kendallville Fire Department were dispatched to Angling Road between Rimmel Road and C.R. 850N. Scanner traffic indicated a car and motorcycle were on fire following a crash.

The motorcyclist was killed. Authorities had not released the names of those involved in the crash.

Source: Noble County Sheriff's Department

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Deadly Motorcycle Crash Under Investigation

Hancock County, IN (May 15, 2021) - Officials from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said an Ingalls man died Saturday morning after a motorcycle accident in the 10000 block of North State Road 9 near the Hancock County and Madison County line around 11:00 a.m.

The crash involved one vehicle, a 2007 Honda motorcycle driven by William Davis, 78, Ingalls. Davis was not wearing a helmet while traveling south of State Road 9 when his motorcycle left the roadway for unknown reasons, Capt, Robert Harris, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Department said. Davis was ejected from the motorcycle, struck a street sign and ended up in the grass.

While an off duty firefighter witnessed the crash and stopped to render aid, Davis was pronounced dead by officials at St. Vincent Hospital after being transported by a StatFlight medical helicopter.

At this time officials do not believe speed, drugs or alcohol appear to be factors. The investigation is ongoing by officials from the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team. Officials from the Sheriff’s Department, Fortville Police Department, Vernon Township Fire Department and Greenfield Fire Territory assisted with the crash, Harris said.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash on Dupont Road

Fort Wayne, IN (May 14, 2021) -​ Eastbound Dupont Road lanes have reopened west of I-69 after a motorcyclist was injured in a crash Friday evening. Police and medics were called around 5:00 p.m. to Dupont Road near I-69 on a report of a crash with injuries.

Medics report that the motorcyclist involved is facing non-life threatening injures and was taken to an area hospital.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Serious Injures in Fort Wayne Motorcycle Crash

Fort Wayne, IN (May 12, 2021) - Police are looking into a crash that shut down a busy intersection Wednesday evening.

Officer Lisa Woods said a car was turning onto Winchester Road when it hit a motorcycle traveling north on Bluffton Road. Both the motorcycle and the car had heavy damage.

Preliminary investigation reports that the driver of a gray sedan turned eastbound onto Winchester Road from Bluffton Road and hit the driver of motorcycle that was traveling northbound on Bluffton Road. 

A 31-year-old man was transported to an area hospital with critical injures, police report. One of the drivers, a 28-year-old woman, was also transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

The Fatal Crash Reconstruction Team was dispatched to document the mechanics of the crash. A small portion of Winchester Road was shut down as police investigated.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on U.S. Route 6

Marshall County, IN (May 3, 2021) - John Grolich, Marshall County Coroner reports that on Saturday, May 1 shortly after 5:00 p.m., a motorcycle driven by Kirk Kuskye of Plymouth, Indiana was traveling eastbound on U.S. Route 6 near 1C Road when Kuskye failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.

Kuskye’s motorcycle struck a road sign along the south berm of the road and traveled into the ditch on the south side of U.S. Route 6 at 1C Road.

Kirk Kuskye, age 64 was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of his injuries.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office were assisted at the scene by Polk Township Fire Department and Walkerton Emergency Management Services.

Source: The Pilot News