By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
SULLIVAN COUNTY- A teenager was hospitalized after a pickup truck crashed into his motorcycle in Farmersburg early this morning.
The 16-year-old male was transported to a Terre Haute hospital, where he reportedly is being treated for head, shoulder and leg injuries suffered from being thrown from the motorcycle. His injuries do not appear to be life threatening, officials say.
Emergency crews responded to the fiery truck/motorcycle crash on US 41, near North Central High School, around 4:30 a.m.
Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom explained that police and firefighters searched the crash scene, looking under vehicles, in ditches and nearby fields with flashlights --- because the crash victim initially could not be found. Ten minutes later, he reportedly was found walking about a half mile south of the crash scene.
Investigation revealed that the teen was operating an off-road type motorcycle with no taillights that was not street legal.
"The teen admitted to driving the motorcycle; however, he reported to police that he was scared and hurting, so he took off on foot," Cottom said.
See Dash Cam Video from an uninvolved motorist below/ courtesy of Sullivan Co. Sheriff's Office. It begins at 45 seconds after editing.
According to the report, Travis Pitcher, 30, of Shelburn, was driving a 1998 Toyota Camry southbound on US 41, when he sideswiped the slower moving motorcycle, instantly ejecting the teen from the bike.
"The motorcycle tumbled down the roadway, as Pitcher veered off the right side of the roadway," Cottom said, noting the motorcycle came to rest in the roadway, when a southbound Ford pickup truck, driven by Steven Parker, of Paris, Ill, then struck the motorcycle.
The fuel tank ruptured on impact.
"The motorcycle exploded underneath Parker’s truck," Cottom said, adding that Parker was able to stop and escape the pickup uninjured. Pitcher also was unininjured.
No citiations were issued to Pitcher and Parker. However, the teen could face traffic citations as the investigation continues.
Southbound US 41 was closed for approximately one hour as crews worked the scene.
Sullivan County Sgt. Carl Melchert was aided by Sullivan City Police, SCAT Ambulance, as well as Thunderbird and Shelburn Fire Departments.
By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
VERMILLION COUNTY -- A South Bend man was arrested for reckless driving after officers pulled him over near Newport Wednesday afternoon.
Bobby L. Peck, 55, was booked into the Vermillion County Jail on the Class C misdemeanor and released on bond a short time later.
According to the Vermillion County Sheriff's Office, the traffic stop was initiated just after noon when deputies observed the southbound silver SUV exceeding 90 miles per hour in the 60 mph zone on SR 63, north of the Newport caution light. Peck, in a medical transport vehicle, reportedly stated that he was taking his passengers to Evansville, noting they were running late for their doctor’s appointments.
Deputies took Peck into custody for operating a vehicle at a reckless speed while transporting patients and having a suspended license.Further investigation revealed the driver had a with a lengthy history of suspensions and various other traffic offenses.
Ultimately, the medical company found another driver to pick up the passengers and vehicle.
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