SUBJECT: Scooter Rider Killed in Crash on US 41 near Boonville-New Harmony Rd
RELEASE NUMBER: 2018-NR-050
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Chief Deputy John H. Strange III
An Evansville man was killed yesterday evening on N. US 41 after his motor scooter collided with an oncoming vehicle.
On Friday, August 24, 2018 at approximately 9:44pm the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the Scott Township Fire Department responded to the area of N. US Highway 41 south of E. Boonville-New Harmony Road upon report of crash involving a motorcycle. Upon arrival deputies found a motor scooter and rider lying in the roadway.
On scene investigation and witness statements revealed that a blue 2014 Toyota Camry driven by Mr. Kristopher T. Lenko of Evansville had been traveling south on US 41 when a black Yamaha Zuma motor scooter entered the path of the Camry. A head on collision ejected the rider from the scooter and resulted in fatal injuries. The rider was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
Pursuant to state law regarding crashes involving serious bodily injury or death, Mr. Lenko consented to a post-accident blood draw. A preliminary investigation suggested the motor scooter was traveling against traffic on southbound US 41. A Sheriff’s Office detective processed the scene, which required the southbound lanes to be closed for about 2.5 hours. The investigation will remain open pending the toxicology results. The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the deceased.