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This is from our local paper The Herald Bulletin here in Anderson, Indiana.

This is the fifth person this summer to be injured or killed in the city of Anderson in a motorcycle accident.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash

A motorcyclist was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with serious injuries after an Anderson patrol officer saw the accident happen early Tuesday morning.

Around 12:30 a.m. Patrolman John Baysinger saw a car and a motorcycle collide at the intersection of 38th Street and Columbus Avenue, said Anderson police assistant public information officer William Casey.

Baysinger witnessed the driver of the motorcycle, Duane L. Hayes, 49, of Wawaka, thrown into the air, and then land on the hood of the car, Casey said.

The driver of the damaged 1994 Pontiac Grand Am, Bethany Kaye, 18, of Anderson, was uninjured, said police public information officer Terry Sollars in a press release.

At the scene, Hayes appeared to be in critical condition and was taken to a local hospital, Sollars said. Hayes was ultimately flown by air ambulance to Methodist Hospital to be treated for internal and head injuries.

Sollars said that around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Hayes was out of the emergency room and was being admitted into the hospital. Casey said Tuesday night that Hayes’ condition was stable.

Due to the gravity of the accident, the APD fatality team was called to investigate its circumstances.

A second motorcyclist riding in front of Hayes, Thomas Haute of Anderson, said he and Hayes had a green turn arrow and had been turning from southbound Columbus Avenue onto eastbound 38th Street when Kaye struck Hayes, Sollars said. Haute wasn’t injured.

Kaye told police she had the green light on northbound Columbus Avenue and proceeded through the intersection, when she struck the second motorcycle that had also entered the intersection, Sollars said.

Police are still investigating.
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