The Clay County Sheriff's Department issued a statement Wednesday afternoon confirming the identity of a man seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident that morning as Brazil resident Michael Giltz.
At 7:58 a.m. Wednesday, CCSD responded to a 911 call reporting a motorcycle accident with injury at U.S. 40 and CR 350 East. CCSD Deputy Jason Frazier reported the motorcycle Giltz was driving, a black 1998 Honda Shadow, had collided with a red 2003 Case SPX 4260 field sprayer driven by Shane McCullough, also of Brazil. The vehicles were sitting off the south side of U.S. 40 at a farm access road.
McCullough told police he was traveling east on U.S. 40, prior to the accident and was turning south onto a farm access road to enter a field when Giltz attempted to pass the field sprayer on the right. The motorcycle struck the front right tire of the vehicle before coming to a stop.
In a media release, Frazier reported that witnesses to the scene said the field sprayer had its flashing warning lights on and was preparing to turn right onto the access road when the motorcycle tried to pass. Giltz was ejected from the vehicle on to the highway when the motorcycle hit the field sprayer.
Giltz was severely injured and incurred massive head trauma. He was transported by Air Evac helicopter to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. Although he had a helmet with him, Giltz was not wearing it at the time of the crash. McCullough had no reported injuries.
Other agencies that assisted at the scene were Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue, Trans-Care Ambulance and the Indiana State Police.