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Update: Officials confirm fatality in accident

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Vigo County man died as a result of injuries sustained during a two-vehicle accident Sunday evening.

According to information provided by E911 Dispatch at the Clay County Justice Center, the accident was reported around 5:25 p.m., Sunday.

Members of Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police Department, Dick Johnson and Van Buren Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the accident scene located near the intersection of County Road 1200 North and State Road 59.

Clay County Coroner Joel Reinoehl was later notified once officials arrived on the scene.

According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, the accident occurred when the driver of a motorcycle heading north struck a passenger car crossing SR 59 in the rear passenger side.

Heaton said the driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle.

The driver of the passenger vehicle, who, Heaton confirmed, passed a field sobriety test at the scene, reported no injuries.

An autopsy, which is a standard protocol during an investigation into an accident fatality, has been arranged today at Terre Haute Regional Hospital to help determine the cause of death.

The name of the victim, a Terre Haute man, was withheld during the early part of the investigation pending notification of the family.

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May God be with all involved.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Sun, Apr 3, 2011, at 9:12 PM

So tragic, god be with the family of the deceased.

As a motorcycle rider myself I urge everyone please wear a helmet, everytime, all the time. Safety gear could mean the difference between life and death.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Sun, Apr 3, 2011, at 9:19 PM

That is the 2nd M/C death at that intersection in recent times. Please be careful, especially on 59.

Pat Kinerim on South and Linsey Boring on North. What can a person on a M/C do?

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 6:36 AM

Conservative Dad,

The only thing those of us who enjoy motorcycle riding can do is continually watch for the other vehicles on the road. Most motorcycle accidents happen because the other driver failed to notice us. I hope that something can be done to raise driver awareness that it's the season for motorcycles now and to look out for those of us on two wheels.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 7:52 AM

Wearing helmets is like wearing seatbelts...you never plan to actually use them so must wear them all the time. I feel badly for the family of the person who died but know that ER staff call those who don't wear helmets "organ donors"...Non reversible brain injuries just too commonplace for those who don't wear them and get in an accident. that is also why helmets are not returnable to retail stores....Can never guarantee that their integrity has been compromised due to an accident. My own daughter has been saved by wearing a helmet while riding her horse. Huge cracks occurred in the helmet that would have been in her skull had she not worn it when falling from a horse and hitting head on arena wall. If you love your family and want to spare them some grief, wear a helmet.

It is not inhibiting your "freedom" but a display of how much you care for your loved ones. It's a decision only the rider can make. Too many are pressured by peers into thinking that not wearing one is an expression of personal freedom when it's no different than any other peer pressured decision. Instead ask your family members that you might be leaving behind what THEY feel about it. What might their life be like emotionally and financially without you? Is it worth that to not wear a helmet?

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 8:49 AM

Wish I knew OldHouseMan's true identity. Who's really the idiot here?

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 2:22 PM

Mr. Hays was a friend of mine and one of the best mechanics around. Tim served as the service manager for Thompson's Motorsports for several years and was a pretty good pilot too. Your friendship will be missed Tim. To all your motorcycle riders, please commit to wear a helmet and a jacket when you ride. Tim was an expert cyclist...which didn't do him a darn bit of good without a helmet.

-- Posted by Daryl Andrews on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 11:01 PM

My wife and I really enjoy our motorcycle. We love county rides, and have even gone across the US on ours.

However, she has asked me why I'm always slowing down as I come up on intersections, and this is the reason.

I carry precious cargo on my bike, and saving a split second of time, is not worth the risk. All bike riders should slow down as you approach an intersection. Helmet or not, we travel virtually unprotected from a collision. A motorcycle is no match for a squirrel, leave alone anything larger.

God be with the family of this individual. I can't imagine the pain they must feel.

-- Posted by olmedic on Tue, Apr 5, 2011, at 6:30 PM

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