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Police: Accident Victim Found, Man Arrested

Last updated on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

(SALEM) - If Washington County officers hadn’t gone back to a residence to search again for an accident victim, there’s no telling how long the badly injured woman might’ve lain in her bed, bleeding badly.

Stephanie Taylor Ferriell of the Leader-Democrat reports that last Tuesday night, 36-year-old Rebecca Bryant, was flown from her home to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.

Deputy Larry Motsinger says later that night the alleged driver of the motorcycle she fell from was arrested and jailed.

It all began with a 911 call around 3:30 p.m. The caller, who lives on Vincennes Trail, say a man stopped by his residence saying there was an injured woman lying in a ditch up the road.

The 911 caller told dispatchers the man who stopped had been on a motorcycle.

Motsinger could not find any vehicles, but then were told the woman was taken to a home on West Washington School Road.

When they arrived at the home, they saw a large amount of blood and pushed the door open and announced they were there no one answered so they assumed the person had been taken to the hospital.

Motsinger says officers began speculating on what might have happened and decided they'd better return to the WW School Road address and check again.

When they went back to the home they heard a woman crying for help. Police say Bryan was on the bed covered in blood. Police called for a medical helicopter.

Police says Bryant had suffered from head trauma and possible internal injuries. Motsinger says she had bruises and road rash all over her.

Bryant told officers she had been a passenger on a motorcycle operated by 27-year-old Christopher Bierly, of Pekin.

Police went to his home but he was not there. They did find his 2003 Suzuki spattered with blood parked at Aspen Meadows Apartments in Salem.

He told police Bryant had been riding on the back of the motorcycle and had fallen off. He told police he stopped at a home on Vincennes Trail to get help, but Bryant told him she wanted to go home, so that's where he took her.

Motsinger says Bierly, who had a warrant out of Floyd County, was arrested initially on that warrant. Local charges are pending. Alcohol was not a factor, said Motsinger.

Bierly told officers he had recently purchased the motorcycle, which was not registered to him.

Officers found that Bierly's driver's license had been suspended and said he did not have a motorcycle endorsement. He also has no insurance.

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