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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Logansport Woman Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Monticello, IN (July 29, 2021) - A evening collision Saturday between a motorcycle and an automobile near Monticello ended with one woman dead and another hospitalized.

Stacy Collins, 44, Logansport, Indiana was pronounced dead at the scene, said White County Sheriff Bill Brooks. Collins was the passenger on a motorcycle driven by her husband, Brandon Collins, who was taken to Indiana University Health White Memorial Hospital.

Brooks stated did not know the man’s condition as of Wednesday but said that he believed the injuries were not life-threatening.

The accident happened about 9:07 p.m. between the motorcycle and a black 2015 Buick at the intersection of Northwest Shafer Drive and County Road 225 North, Brooks said.

Jhoanna Gonzales, 26, was driving the Buick east on 225 North and was behind a red car that stopped at the stop sign and turned right. Gonzales approached the stop sign to turn left and failed to yield to the southbound motorcycle as he turned on to Northwest Shafer.

The motorcycle then hit the car as Gonzales was turning, Brooks said. Gonzales has been cited for not having insurance and for failure to yield.

The car is owned by Gonzales’ passenger at the time, Jalen R. West, 26.

Brooks said his department has not yet determined whether controlled substances were involved and the accident is still under investigation.

Source: Pharos-Tribune

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Motorcyclist Leg Severed Following Crash

Stueben County, IN (July 22, 2021) - A Fremont man lost part of a leg as the result of a crash shortly before 4:30 p.m. on S.R. 120 near the Indiana Toll Road overpass on Tuesday, says a report from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

Cody J. Ormsbee, 28, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound when he was attempting to turn north onto C.R. 125E when he was sideswiped by a 2018 Dodge Journey driven by Ericka J. Pillitiere, 32, Fremont, who also was eastbound. Pillitiere told police she never saw Ormsbee.

The impact ejected Ormsbee off the motorcycle and he landed in the westbound lane of S.R. 120, where he was struck by a 2014 Hyundai Elantra operated by Paul Federspiel, 37, Fort Wayne, severing Ormsbee’s right leg.

Even though Ormsbee’s leg was severed at the knee, he was able to get up and hobble off the road toward another vehicle that had been eastbound, following Pillitiere. The driver of that vehicle, an unidentified nurse, applied a tourniquet to Ormsbee’s leg to stop the bleeding.

Ormsbee was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne via Samaritan Helicopter where he was listed in stable condition Wednesday morning. The helicopter used the nearby grounds of Fremont Community Schools as its landing site.

Pillitiere and Federspiel were wearing seat belts and were uninjured in the crash. Ormsbee was not wearing a helmet. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor. The highway was shut down for approximately 2 1/2 hours while the crash was investigated.

Assisting sheriff’s personnel at the scene were officials from Fremont Police Department, Steuben County Emergency Medical Service, Fremont Fire-Rescue, Angola Police Department, Samaritan Helicopter, Steuben County Communications and the Indiana Department of transportation.

The crash remains under investigation.

Source: WANE

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Arrest Made in Motorcycle Hit and Run

Evansville, IN (July 15, 2021) - One person is in custody and another in the hospital after a hit and run on N Weinbach Avenue Wednesday night. It happened just after 8:30 in front of Turoni’s.

Police said the driver hit a motorcycle and drove off. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers were able to follow an oil trail to the vehicle involved in the crash. Police say Shawn Michael Garrison, 31, of Evansville, was arrested after being identified by a witness. He’s currently being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail without bond.