Fatal Bicycle Crash




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Earlier today, at approximately 10:29 AM, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to N. St. Joseph Avenue and Adler Road regarding an accident with injury.

When deputies arrived on scene, German Township Fire personnel were administrating life saving techniques on the victim. Fire personnel advised they initially found the victim lying underneath the front tires of a gray 2006 Ford Escape. The victim was unresponsive at the scene and was later pronounced dead by the coroner.

Deputies then interviewed the driver of the Ford Escape, Paige Diane Elpers. Elpers stated she was traveling south on N. St. Joseph Avenue at approximately 40 mph. Elpers stated she saw the bicyclist traveling west on Adler Road and thought he would stop at the stop sign. Elpers stated the bicyclist did not stop and she was unable to stop in time to avoid crashing into him.

Elpers was later transported to St Mary’s Hospital for a blood draw per agency policy and state law. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash at this time; however, the crash investigation is ongoing. Once the victim’s family has been notified, the Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s name.