SUBJECT: Alcohol Suspected Factor in Crash that Hospitalized Motorcyclist
RELEASE NUMBER: 2018-NR-019
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
A motorcyclist was severely injured this evening after being struck by a motorist who had been drinking just prior to driving.
On Saturday, April 21, 2018 at approximately 7:00pm, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and McCutchanville Fire Department responded to the area of Old State Road and E. Evergreen Road upon report of a motorcycle crash with injury
On scene investigation and witness statements indicated that a red 2003 Honda motorcycle had been traveling north on Old State Road when a white 1996 Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck made a left turn from the westbound lane of E. Evergreen Road. The truck entered the path of the motorcyclist and collided with the motorcycle, which resulted in the rider being ejected.
The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, sustained a compound fracture, a hip injury and possible head injury. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The driver of the truck was uninjured.
Alcohol is suspected of being a factor in the crash. The driver of the truck had been drinking prior to the collision. Pursuant to state law regarding crashes involving serious bodily injury or death, both operators consented to a post-crash blood draw. The crash will remain under investigation pending toxicology results.
Pictured above: Crash scene at Old State Road and E. Evergreen Road.