SUBJECT: Motorcyclist Killed and ATV Operator Injured in Separate Crashes Saturday
RLEASE NUMBER: 2017-NR-036
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
On Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:24 PM the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the German Township Fire Department responded to a motorcycle crash on Mesker Park Drive at the intersection of Kleitz Road.
Once on scene, deputies located a red 2011 Triumph motorcycle and rider lying in a yard in the 7600 block of Mesker Park Drive. On scene investigation indicated the motorcycle rider had been traveling eastbound on Mesker Park Drive when the motorcycle left the roadway and struck a tree.
The rider, who was the sole occupant of the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office later identified the deceased as 34-year-old Matthew W. Yandell of Evansville.
Earlier in the evening at 6:48 PM, the Sheriff’s Office and Perry Township Fire Department responded to the 4100 block of Old Henderson Road, north of Bayou Creek Road, upon report of an ATV crash with injury.
On scene investigation and witness statements revealed that the operator, 21-year-old Colton Blake Westerfield of Evansville, had been operating a 2003 Honda Rancher 4-wheeler in a field prior to losing control and being ejected. The operator sustained a possible head injury as well as internal injuries. The operator was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division is assisting with the investigation, which will remain open pending the results of post crash toxicology testing.
Pictured above: Location of motorcycle crash on Mesker Park Drive. (Image courtesy of Google Maps, DigitalGlobe, IndianaMap Framework Data)
Pictured above: ATV involved in injury crash on Old Henderson Road.