A motorcycle crash in Greenfield on Sunday night left one person dead and another hospitalized. The police were in pursuit of the motorcyclist at the time. The motorcyclist had a felony warrant out of Henry County.
After police attempted to apprehend the rider, he tore off from the truck stop he’d stopped at. The ensuing chase lasted for about 10 minutes before the motorcyclist t-boned a car.
The motorcyclist died on impact. The other driver was taken to the hospital following the incident. No other injuries were reported, and the driver’s injuries are thought to be minor.
Police closed the intersection for more than two hours to clean up the scene.
Motorcycle crash followed a lengthy chase
The chase began all the way over in Spiceland, in Henry County. The motorcyclist, 27-year-old Spencer Goodwin, had a level 5 felony warrant out. Level 5 in Indiana is the second-lowest level of felony, carrying with it a penalty of 1–6 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
According to police, Goodwin began fleeing Henry County deputies around 6:50 pm. The chase crossed over into Hancock County on US 40, prompting police in the area to plan traffic stops to prevent injuries. However, Goodwin made an unexpected turn to head south on State Street, leading to the crash at the intersection of State and McClarnon Drive.
Drivers in Indiana cities like Spiceland and Muncie have seen an increase in roadway fatalities this year. However, Indiana remains below the national average. Nationally, traffic fatalities increased by 12% in 2021 compared to the previous year. Hopefully, the roads will calm down soon and the fatalities will return to pre-pandemic levels.