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Officials investigating accident

Friday, April 10, 2009

The condition of an unidentified man injured in a motorcycle accident near Sink Cemetery Friday was unknown as of press time. The accident is currently under investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Department. Courtesy Photo.
LEWIS -- Officials are investigating a motorcycle accident that sent the driver to an Indianapolis hospital Friday.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m., Friday, 911 dispatchers received a report of someone lying facedown in a drainage ditch near Sink Cemetery. Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Clay City and Lewis volunteer fire departments where dispatched to an area near the intersection of State Road 59 and County Road 1050 South.

Due to the nature of the accident, Air Evac was immediately notified.

Upon arrival, officials found an unidentified man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, in a ditch bleeding from apparent head injuries. Although the extent of the victim's injuries is unknown, officials confirmed the man was in critical condition when airlifted to Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis.

According to information provided by investigators at the scene, tire marks indicate the driver of a 2004 Victory motorcycle was traveling south on SR 59 through a series of curves when it left the roadway and may have possibly flipped end-over-end until it landed facing north in the ditch.

Further details are not available at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

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he is in serious but stable condtion.

Please everyone be safe now that they weather is warming up and PLEASE wear your helments when riding on a motorcycle!!

-- Posted by jlm01 on Sat, Apr 11, 2009, at 7:38 AM

Nurses and other health care staff call people who don't wear their helmets "organ donors".

They would know. If you don't wear one for yourself, wear it for those you love who might have to make the decision to turn off life support when you crack your head and are brain dead in a coma.

Same goes for wearing seat belts.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Apr 11, 2009, at 2:11 PM

i think he had a helment on. on channel 10 news it showed a helmet sitting on the road. i dont know if it was his or not. its usually the harley riders that dont wear helments, they dont look coolwith helments on.

-- Posted by nobob on Sat, Apr 11, 2009, at 11:11 PM

It's so easy to blame the rider of the motorcycle! Check the facts 9 out of 10 bikers are NOT to blame in an accident. While you're checking, you might want to find that helmets are NOT rated for more than 30 mph. As a matter of FACT, people wearing helmets are likely to DIE in an accident at speeds of 15-20 mph.

I don't wear a helmet when I ride. The reason? God is going to take me when He is ready. I don't ride a Harley and I enjoy the feeling of the wind blowing across my bald head. It keeps me cooler. One friend of mine almost had a heat stroke because she was wearing a helmet.

Please give us bikers the freedom to choose, just like the law.

-- Posted by cyclerider on Sun, Apr 12, 2009, at 3:18 PM

I've got cycle riders in my family as well [who wear helmets]. No one is attempting to take away any freedoms. Just making sure all know that certain choices we make may have consequences that we and loved ones may have to deal with.

One might also add that health insurance rates for all go up due to some of the choices certain individuals make. Issues like helmets, tobacco use, and seat belt use all are factors effecting health insurance premiums. so when a person who chooses to do these things, legal or not, it DOES effect others in the society, so they too have a right to voice their opinion about the issue, don't you think?

You have your freedom to choose and others have their freedom to voice their views as well.

I dearly hope the person in this accident is ok whether wearing a helmet or not. I also hope that it helps others make more informed choices to bring the possibilities of different outcomes out to the forefront.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Apr 13, 2009, at 7:48 AM

Well "cyclerider" I guess this would be a good time to share with you that a rider's choice "to wear or not to wear" a helmet is still a choice. But, a selfish choice if you consider the families of the rider who have to pick up the broken pieces of a life taken, even life support...ICU. Not wearing a helmet only because you want "freedom to choose" is clearly a selfish reason. Also, consider the inner turmoil this kind of accident places our emergency workers in...working to keep a motorcycle rider alive after an accident involving head trauma. There are numerous reasons you and all other riders should wear helmets. I think it will soon be LAW!!!

-- Posted by flycatcher on Mon, Apr 13, 2009, at 8:44 AM

I didnt mean to cause any drama about motorcyle riders wearing helments. I'm sorry if i offended anyone. Working in the ER at a major trama center I see first hand how to many families are torn apart and broken due to motorcyle and car accidents. I just wish everyone safty!!

-- Posted by jlm01 on Mon, Apr 13, 2009, at 1:51 PM

may the force be with him

-- Posted by 2dogbob on Mon, Apr 13, 2009, at 6:15 PM

I know this accident victim. I am curious as to why, based on what was printed, so many of you have decided he was not wearing a helmet?? Did you miss the part that said the 'cycle appeared to have flipped end over end?

He is unconcious, & in critical condition. And you might also keep in mind that his friends & family read this newspaper.

Don, I wish you all the best & am praying for a very speedy, & full, recovery!!

-- Posted by furpurr on Mon, Apr 13, 2009, at 10:11 PM

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