PUTNAM COUNTY -- A Brazil man died as the result of injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident late Tuesday.
According to officials with the Indiana State Police Putnamville District, an investigation into a motorcycle crash on United States 40 near County Road 625 West in Putnam County is ongoing.
The crash, according to officials, was the result of the driver losing control of the motorcycle while fleeing officials with the Brazil Police Department.
The driver, identified as David L. Godsey, 28, Brazil, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A female passenger, identified as Jolene D. McCall, 25, Terre Haute, was airlifted to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
A preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 9:49 p.m., an officer with the Brazil Police Department attempted to stop a red, 1996 Honda RF3 motorcycle, which was traveling eastbound on Pinckley Street near Murphy Avenue while going 57 mph in a 25 mph zone.
The cycle continued eastbound at speeds of close to 100 mph and then turned north on County Road 200 East, continuing northbound to U.S. 40.
The cycle then turned eastbound on U.S. 40 with Clay County Sheriff's Department deputies and Brazil Police Department officials in pursuit.
Speeds maintained close to 100 mph as officers pursued the motorcycle into Putnam County.
At 9:55 p.m., on U.S. 40 near Putnam County Road 625 West, Godsey allegedly lost control and traveled off the south side of the roadway.
The driver and passenger were ejected from the cycle and both struck a wooden fence and drainage culvert.
The pursuit lasted approximately eight-and-a-half miles.
Officials said the two on the motorcycle were not wearing a helmet, although one helmet was found on the ground at the scene of the accident.
Putnam County Chief Deputy Coroner David Brown was on the scene and preliminarily determined Godsey died of blunt force trauma.
Toxicology results are pending. In addition, officials stated Godsey did not have a valid Indiana driver's license.
McCall was airlifted via AirEvac Helicopter, suffering from multiple life-threatening injuries.
The crash is still under investigation by ISP troopers.
Additional assistance came from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Cloverdale Police Department, Putnam County Operation Life and Reelsville Fire/Rescue.