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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Motorcycle Crash Kills Man in Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN (May 28, 2022) - A man has died after crashing his motorcycle late Friday evening, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

This happened about 11:45 P.M. at the railroad tracks on Fletcher Avenue and Harlan Street, that is in the fountain square area. Indianapolis police says the mans motorcycle was locked up, laid it down, and the driver of the motorcycle hit a pole.

According to IMPD, speed was a possible factor in the crash. IMPD also says the man was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene.

Police have not identified the name of the man. This story will be updated as more information comes in.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Man Dead After Motorcycle Crash

Middlebury, IN (May 24, 2022) - A Shipshewana man died in a two-vehicle crash at C.R. 4 and Packard Drive, near Middlebury, at 4:45 a.m. Monday, May 23rd. Killed in the crash was Justin Bowen, 33, Shipshewana, Indiana

According to a report from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office, a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Douglas Dehoff, 35, Goshen, was headed east on C.R. 4, and turned north onto Packard Drive and into the path of a 2004 Suzuki Cruiser motorcycle.

The motorcycle was driven by Bowen and was westbound on C.R. 4. Bowen was pronounced dead at the scene. Dehoff had leg pain and was taken to Goshen Hospital for treatment. The crash remains under investigation.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Motorcyclist dies after slamming into car

Huntington, IN (May 22, 2022) - Cameron M. Eckert died from a motorcycle crash on State Road 5 in Huntington, Indiana, at 12:13 p.m. Sunday. Police said Eckert was going southbound on State Road 5 and did not see a northbound passenger car. 

The motorcycle then turned into the car’s path, leaving both vehicles coming to rest along the edge and center of the roadway. Police said in a release that Eckert was thrown from the motorcycle, and attempts passerbys and first responders to save his life were unsuccessful.

His cause of death is from blunt force traumatic injuries sustained in the collision. He was wearing a helmet, this crash is under investigation.

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Man Dies After Motorcycle Crash

Fort Wayne, IN (May 22, 2022 - A man died today after a motorcycle crash that happened early this morning. According to the Fort Wayne Police Department, officers were called to the intersection of West Jefferson Boulevard and Catalpa Street around 1:18 a.m.

Police said in a press release that the driver of the motorcycle was traveling east on West Jefferson when he lost control and hit a guardrail. Officers at the scene noted heavy damage to the bike. The man died at a local hospital after he was taken there with life threatening injuries. 

The Allen County Coroner will release his identity and manner of death after an autopsy is completed. This crash is under investigation. Anyone who witnessed it is asked to contact police.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in LaPorte County

LaPorte County, IN (May 21, 2022) - A motorcyclist died Thursday afternoon in Rolling Prairie, Indiana after rear-ending a Subaru sport utility vehicle.

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department says 24-year-old Erik Smith, originally from Idaho, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened about 5:00 p.m. on U-S 20.

The driver of the car was stopped waiting to turn onto Michigan Street when Smith’s motorcycle hit the car from behind. LaPorte County Coroner Lynn Swanson says Smith was staying at a local campground possibly for work.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN (May 21, 2022) - Police and medics were called to the intersection of Oxford Street and South Bueter Avenue shortly after 9:00 p.m. Friday on reports of a motorcycle crash. Dispatchers said that eastbound traffic on Oxford Street was stopped between Wayne Trace and Meyer Road.

Officers on the scene stated that one adult male was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a release from the Fort Wwayne Police Department, the motorcycle was traveling east on Oxford St and the SUV was making a left turn from Bueter Drive to go west on Oxford Street when the two vehicles collided.

Oxford Street was closed for several hours due to the crash. His identity was not released.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

One Dead after Motorcycle Crash in Steuben County

Steuben County, IN (May 18, 2022) BDI - One man died and a woman is in critical condition after a crash Tuesday afternoon in Steuben County, Indiana.

Around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Kenneth R. Steele, age 74, and his passenger 75-year-old Janice Steele was driving a black 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on State Road 120.

The pair crossed paths with the driver of a 2003 Ford Explorer. Guy W. Griffith, age 68, of Fremont Indiana turned onto CR 300 W from SR 120 when he turned into the path of Steele. Upon impact, both riders of the motorcycle were ejected from the vehicle.

Kenneth Steele was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma, and Janice Steele was transported to a local hospital by EMS with numerous injuries before she was flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Neither motorcyclists were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.Griffith sustained no injuries. SR 120 was closed for 2 hours while the crash was being investigated.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Pickup

Hamilton County, IN (May 16, 2022) - A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a pickup truck Monday in northern Hamilton County.. The motorcyclist has been identified as Jeremy Chris, 45, of Atlanta, Indiana.

Sheriff's deputies responded around 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of East 267th Street and Devaney Road, that's is about 3 1/2 miles northwest of Arcadia.

Chris was driving eastbound on 267th Street when the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup heading west on 267th turned left onto Devaney Road into Chris' path, causing a crash. Both vehicles collided at the intersection.

The intersection was closed until 5:52 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office crash reconstruction team is leading an investigation.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Muncie Woman Dies in Motorcycle Crash

Muncie, IN (May 14, 2022) - A Muncie woman was killed early Saturday morning in a motorcycle crash on the Muncie Bypass that involved a deer. Police said a Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling southbound on the Bypass, south of Riggin Road when a deer ran into its path around 5:25 a.m.

A female passenger was ejected from the motorcycle and landed in the right travel lane. She was then struck by a semi tractor trailer hauling fuel and a Toyota Corolla. The female was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The man who was operating the motorcycle was taken by ambulance to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered in the crash. 

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Couple Injured in Two-Motorcycle Crash

Niles, MI (May 14, 2022) - An Indiana couple was hospitalized after a two-motorcycle crash in Howard Township, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a CCSD press release, deputies responded to a personal injury accident of two motorcycles on Conrad Road near Pine Lake Street in Howard Township at approximately 12:44 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies found that Cheryl Soos, 66, of Mishawaka, Indiana was traveling with her husband Barry Soos, 71, of Mishawaka, Indiana.

The Soose's were traveling northbound on Conrad south of Pine Lake Street when Barry Soos came to a stop and Cheryl had to go around Barry, striking his motorcycle cargo bag with the cargo bag on her bike, sending Cheryl and Barry both to the ground.

The couple was checked at the scene and transported to the St. Joseph Health Center in Mishawaka, Indiana for their injuries. Helmets were not worn in this crash by either driver. Drugs and alcohol were not factors in this crash.

Assisting agencies on the scene were the SMCAS Ambulance service, and the Howard Township Fire Department.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Elkhart Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Elkhart, IN (May 13, 2022) - One man is dead after a motorcycle crash in Elkhart County on Thursday.

Billy Joiner, age 67, was driving on Old U.S. Hwy 33 near Tower Road, when his motorcycle collided into the back of a pick-up truck that was stopped in heavy traffic.

Billy Joiner was transported to Elkhart General Hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver of the pick-up truck was not injured.

The crash is still under investigation.
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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Motorcyclist Hospitalized After Crash

Elkhart County, IN (May 12, 2022) - A collision just south of New Paris sent one biker to the hospital early Thursday morning.

According to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office, Luke Byrer, 21, of Warsaw, was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram south of C.R. 127 near the intersection of C.R. 29. 

Byrer was preparing to turn south onto C.R. 29 when he traveled left of center and his truck collided with a 1998 Harley Davidson XL883 driven by Jered Slabaugh, 25, Syracuse, that was northbound on C.R. 29, according to the police report.

Luke Byrer was given a citation for driving left of center causing injury, and Jered Slabaugh was transported to Goshen Hospital for leg and arm pain.

Source: The Goshen News

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Missing Motorcyclist Found Dead in Crash

Crown Point, IN (May 12, 2022) - On Thursday, at around 9:00 a.m., the Indiana State Police responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash involving a motorcycle located on the entrance ramp from US 231 to southbound Interstate 65 in Crown Point, Indiana.

Prior to the Indiana State Police being notified of the crash, a work crew was mowing the grass in the area and located the motorcycle off the roadway and resting on its side. The work crew notified the Crown Point Police Department, and officers from the department responded to the scene. 

Photo: Indiana State Police

When officers from the Crown Point Police Department arrived, they located the motorcycle and the driver, who was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. At the request of the Crown Point Police Department, Troopers from the Indiana State Police Lowell Post were dispatched to the scene.

A preliminary crash investigation by Trooper William Stancy determined that the motorcycle, a gray 2003 Yamaha, was being operated by Robert J. Nolbertowicz Jr, 51, of Hebron, Indiana. While traveling south on the ramp from US-231 to I-65 southbound, the motorcycle ran off the roadway, rolled over, and came to a rest on its side. Mr. Nolbertowicz sustained fatal injuries during the crash.

Mr. Nolbertowicz was positively identified by the Lake County Coroner. Further investigation revealed Mr. Nolbertowicz had been reported as a missing person on May 11th through the Hammond Police Department.The date and time that the crash occurred is unknown at this time. 

The ramp from US-231 to the southbound lanes of I-65 was closed for approximately two hours for a crash investigation.

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Motorcyclist Loses Control After Hitting Deer

Bartholomew County, IN (May 12, 2022) - A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital after he hit a deer early Thursday morning in Bartholomew County.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, the motorcyclist, Richard Duran, 46, of Seymour, told emergency personnel he struck a deer and lost control.

The crash was reported around 1:45 a.m. in the 11000 block of South Jonesville Road.

He was eventually taken to Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, according to the release. His condition is unknown.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Motorcyclist Dead After Crash in Plainfield

Original Post: May 11, 2022 - 02:10 PM EST

Plainfield, IN (May 11, 2022) - A deadly motorcycle crash is under investigation on Ronald Reagan Parkway in Plainfield, Indiana

The Plainfield Police Department confirmed the motorcyclist had died at the hospital following an accident between a motorcycle and a semi truck.

Police said southbound Ronald Reagan Parkway from US 40 to Airtech Parkway is closed due to the deadly crash. They ask travelers to seek alternate routes and avoid the area as the road will be closed for “some time,” according to police.

No further information has been reported at this time as the investigation is still active and ongoing.

Update: May 11, 2022 - 04:45 PM EST

According to police, the crash occurred at approximately 12:17 p.m. near the intersection of Ronald Reagan Parkway and Airtech Parkway. Investigators believe the motorcycle was traveling in the right lane of southbound Ronald Reagan when it collided with a semi-tractor trailer that was turning left from the turn lane.

Police said the motorcycle rider was a male and had not been wearing a helmet and suffered injuries to his head in the crash. A Plainfield police officer was on scene within a minute after the call was dispatched and provided CPR to the motorcyclist before he was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

The driver of the semi was unharmed, police said, and is cooperating with the investigation.The name of the deceased has been withheld pending next of kin notification. Police said the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Update: May 12, 2022 - 03:00 PM EST

The Plainfield Police Department confirmed the motorcyclist died at the hospital following an accident between a motorcycle and a semi. On Thursday, police identified the motorcycle rider as 24-year-old Jessup James Rinehart of Camby. Police said Rinehart had not been wearing a helmet and suffered injuries to his head in the crash.

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Motorcyclist Killed in Wayne County

Wayne County, IN (May 11, 2022) - A Liberty, Indiana man was killed in a crash after a driver committed an illegal pass in Wayne County. The Indiana State Police Reconstruction Team determined 47-year-old Samuel Weller of Liberty was heading west on Pottershop Road on his motorcycle shortly before 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

They say two cars were headed east on Pottershop Road at the same time — a Dodge Caravan in front and a Chevrolet Equinox behind it. As the two vehicles approached a hill, police say the Equinox driver began to pass the Caravan in a marked no-passing zone for eastbound traffic.

As it passed, the Equinox hit the motorcycle head-on, causing Weller to be thrown from the bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County coroner. Neither of the drivers were hurt, but police did learn the Equinox driver was operating the vehicle without a valid Indiana driver’s license.

The Wayne County prosecutor will determine if charges will be filed.

Source: Kick96

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Motorcyclist Injured in Two Vehicle Crash

Ripley County, IN (May 9, 2022) - Air care had to be called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Ripley County on Sunday night. Ripley County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash around 8:33 p.m. at the intersection of State Road 101 and Spades Road.

Deputies say Fred Hamilton, 45, of Harrison, Ohio, was traveling northbound on State Road 101 when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit the back of another vehicle. Hamilton was airlifted from the scene and transported to UC Medical Center. The extent of his injuries was not released.

No other injuries were reported. Milan Fire and Ripley County EMS assisted at the scene.

Source: WSCH

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Motorcyclist Dies in Terre Haute Crash

Terre Haute, IN (May 9, 2022) - The Terre Haute Police Department said one person has died as the result of a traffic crash about 9:15 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 41 just sought of the I-70 interchange. Killed was a motorcyclist, Braxton Myers, 20, of Terre Haute. Myers was taken to Regional Hospital but died of his injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to an area hospital for alcohol and drug testing and was determined not to be under the influence of any type of drug or narcotic, police said in a social media posting. Police detectives and accident reconstructionist's investigated. 

Based on witness statements and evidence at the scene, investigators believe the motorcycle's speed was a contributing factor. Police said they do not believe any criminal charges will be filed as a result of the incident.

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Motorcyclist Involved in Multi-Vehicle Accident

Fort Wayne, IN (May 2, 2022) - Several people are in the hospital after a crash involving three cars and a motorcycle Sunday night in Fort Wayne. According to a report from Fort Wayne Police, it was shortly after 7:00 P.M. when they received a call about the crash on West Washington Center Road and West Street.

Officials believe the motorcycle was driving on Washington Center and slowed for traffic near West Street when a car did not slow down and rear-ended it which forced the cycle into lanes with oncoming traffic where it hit a car. An SUV was later involved in the crash as well.

Reports from Fort Wayne Police say two passengers on the motorcycle suffer critical injuries, and a woman from the SUV is at the hospital in stable condition. Further details about the crash remain under investigation.

Source: Fort Wayne Police Department

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