Rider Hospitalized after Two Motorcycles Collide


A motorcyclist was ejected and injured this evening in Northern Vanderburgh County after a side-swipe collision involving two motorcycles.

On Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 8:05 PM, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, the German Township Fire Department and the McCutchanville Fire Departmentresponded to a motor vehicle crash in the area of N. Saint Joseph Ave and Schenk Road.

Once on scene, first responders located a heavily-damaged orange 2011 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle in a ditch northeast of the intersection. A white 2016 Honda CBR motorcycle was parked in an adjacent driveway and appeared to have sustained only minor damage. The rider of one of the motorcycles was found unconscious lying in the middle of the intersection. On scene investigation indicated that prior to the collision both of the motorcycles were traveling north on Saint Joseph Ave approaching the Schenk Road intersection. The rider of the Honda stopped at the stop sign, but the rider of the Kawasaki sideswiped the Honda from behind. The Kawasaki subsequently struck the stop sign, shearing it off and ejecting the rider.

Firefighters and paramedics attended to the injured motorcyclist, who was transported to Deaconess Midtown Hospital for treatment of possible internal injuries. The rider of the Honda was uninjured. Both riders were wearing helmets at the time of the collision.

Pursuant to state law regarding crashes involving serious bodily injury or death, the rider of the Honda consented to a post-crash blood draw. The crash will remain under investigation pending toxicology results from both riders (although impairment is not currently suspected as having been a factor in the crash).

The collision resulted in the temporary closure of Saint Joseph Ave, between Mohr Road and Schenk Road, for approximately one hour.