October 18 – COLUMBUS – Early Monday morning, a driver was thrown from his motorcycle after hitting a deer on northbound I-65 near the 62 mile marker in southern Bartholomew County. The motorcyclist was killed and a Good Samaritan was seriously injured when struck by a second vehicle.
The initial investigation by Private David Owsley, Indiana State Police-Versailles, indicated that shortly before 2 a.m., a 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Marcus Grayson, 34, Indianapolis, struck a deer as it was heading north on I-65.
Grayson was injured in the crash and was lying on the pavement. Three witnesses stopped at the scene in an attempt to help Grayson.
A 2002 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Todd M. Loquercio, 50, Franklin Park, Illinois, and a 2011 Hyundai Sonata driven by Jamila Jenkins-Newson, 43, Indianapolis, both stopped in the northbound lanes of I -65. A 2013 Ford F-150 driven by Adam K. Whyde, 37, Beech Grove pulled up on the shoulder of I-65.
A 1998 Peterbilt tractor pulling a trailer, driven by Lee H. Muller, 45, Danville, Ky., Approached the scene as it was heading north on I-65. Muller attempted to take evasive action to avoid vehicles and pedestrians on the roadway. Muller’s vehicle struck Loquercio’s vehicle, Jenkins-Newson’s vehicle, and Grayson’s motorcycle. Muller’s vehicle also struck Grayson and Whyde, who were providing medical attention to Grayson on the roadway.
Grayson suffered fatal injuries in the crash. He was declared deceased at the scene by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office.
Whyde suffered serious injuries in the crash. He was transported from the stage to a hospital in the Indianapolis area for treatment.
Loquercio sustained minor injuries when he was struck by debris. He was treated for his injuries.
The investigation by Private Owsley and members of the Indiana and Versailles State Police Crash Reconstruction Team is ongoing. Toxicological results are pending at this time.
Indiana State Police were assisted by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Regional EMS, Bartholomew County Fire Departments, and Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office.
The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for approximately four hours for crash investigation and cleanup.
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